In a video guide for whistleblowers, Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, offers tips on making anonymous disclosures, and states that Wikileaks has never lost a whistleblower. In an age of expanding domestic surveillance, it may be that no measures can completely eliminate the risk of one’s identity being revealed. On the other hand, many prospective whistleblowers are dangerously naive about reducing their risk of exposure.
Even people experienced in working with government secrets can make mistakes. Assange points out that Daniel Ellsberg, who exposed the classified “Pentagon Papers,” was “undone by his mother-in-law.”
The Whistleblower Support Center and Archive is unable to confirm or deny the appropriateness of Assange’s recommendations, but invites readers to comment.