After a week from the death of 26-year old Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, Wikileaks has dumped its pledge of anonymity and claimed that Aaron Swartz may have been an unknown source of Wikileaks who shared secret information and news leaks.
Wikileaks has revealed in its Twitter account that Aaron Swartz was an ally to Wikileaks. Swartzwas is said to be in communication with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. According to Wikileaks tweets, it’s being assumed that Swartz provided many secret information, internal and classified news of media by being anonymous. Here are the tweets revealing Wikileaks’ involvement with Aaron Swartz.
The interesting thing is though Wikileaks says, it never reveals any of its sources, it unveiled Aaron Swartz’s name and thus broke its own rule. Here’s an excerpt from Wikileaks’ policy on anonymity for sources.
We (Wikileaks) can not provide details about the security of our media organisation or its anonymous drop box for sources because to do so would help those who would like to compromise the security of our organisation and its sources. What we can say is that we operate a number of servers across multiple international jurisdictions and we do not keep logs. Hence these logs can not be seized. Anonymization occurs early in the WikiLeaks network, long before information passes to our web servers.
As these statements published on Wikileaks’ Twitter account on Friday night without any context, evidence, or follow-up, it throws a poser whether these claims are true or not. When a Wikileaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson was phoned to answer the question, she wasn’t available.
Source: The Verge