Whistleblower | 18.08.2011 10:30 | Steffen Kraft source: http://www.freitag.de/politik/1133-offener-streit-um-offenheit
Open Dispute about Openness
The expulsion of Daniel Domscheit-Berg does damage to the reputation of theCCC ± and endangers Openleaks. Now the activists want to destroy their keysfor the WikiLeaks-datas.
Those who tried to call Daniel Domscheit-Berg within the last few days could consider themselves happy if the co-founder of Openleaks at least answered the call at all. Earlier thisweek he rather packed up tents in Finowfurt (Brandenburg) than being responsive to thefundamental criticism the hacker association Chaos Computer Club (CCC) passed on hiswhistleblower platform and his person via Spiegel-interview and press release.Maybe it was the best reaction for Daniel Domscheit-Berg himself. Maybe it was even the best for his project Openleaks. Because that what the activists thought about when packing thetents up should end now the conflict which flames up over and over again since his exit fromWikiLeaks and which endangers the future of OpenLeaks since last week at the latest. ± Butlet¶s start with the beginnings.It was a little bomb lit by CCC-Board member Andy Müller-Maguhn on Sunday morningwhen he sent a press release to the German Press Agency (dpa) and later on in the afternoondirectly to the data journalist Detlef Borchers. It contained a resolution the hacker-club cameto only once before in its existing and which the CCC board concluded on Saturday in avespertine ad-hoc meeting: The board of the CCC excludes Daniel Domscheit-Berg from theclub because he Ädamaged the reputation of the association³. The delict of Domscheit-Berg isthat he was suggestive about Äthis year¶s event organized by the Chaos Communication Campor its attendees and/or alternatively the members of the CCC taking over´ doing a kind of security check for his whistleblower platform Openleaks.Uprising against the boardAlone the announcement at the Camp about exposing OpenLeaks to a public endurance testwas Äinsolent³ told Andy Muller-Maguhn the Spiegel at the same time. After all the CCC isnot the TÜV (German Technical Control Board). Müller-Maguhn mailed to Der Freitag: ³Healready announced that µtest¶ as such in his presentation and therefore wilfully accepted theeffects in the press.´This might not be the true reason for the exclusion. While Daniel Domscheit-Berg in factannounced in Finowfurt that the submission system of OpenLeaks will be online for anendurance test he did not allude his hope for the test being done by the CCC. ³We call hackersand users in general ± but first of all within the scope of the Chaos Communication Camp ± for testing our system, of course also the security of it. We hope that we can gain someinsights due to this stress test about how we can make this system even safer ± the ideal thingwould be the call back: OpenLeaks is so secure that even after 5 days of constant fire it stillhas its documents. ´ he said in an interview with Der Freitag, which, together with theconsumer platform Foodwatch, the taz, the Danish daily paper Information and thePortuguese weekly paper Expresso, accompanies the test as partners.