WSJ and Al-Jazeera Lure Whistleblowers With False Promises of Anonymity

06/07/11 – Mainstream media outlets have been inspired by the success of Wikileaks in obtaining information.  Al-Jazeera, and the Wall Street Journal have launched Al-Jazeera Transparency Unit (AJTU) and SafeHouse, respectively, to allow whistleblowers to confidentially share documents with the news sources.  Both sites assure that users’ information will be securely kept and not misused.  However, through the usage of broad language, they both reserve the right to disclose information to law enforcement.  Furthermore, both SafeHouse and AJTU disclaim all promises of confidentiality, anonymity, and security.

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