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WikiLeaks Threatens $20M Fine On Unpublished Leaks

Julian Assange (pictured bottom), founder of WikiLeaks, is now making his associates sign a nondisclosure agreement that asserts the organization’s leaked material is solely the property of the organization. The agreement states “You accept and agree that the information disclosed, or to be disclosed to you pursuant to this agreement is, by its nature, valuable proprietary commercial information…the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of which would be likely to cause us considerable damage.”

The confidentiality agreement imposes a $20M or 12M pound fine on anyone responsible for a significant leak of the organization’s unpublished material. The significance will be based on a “typical open-market evaluation” of WikiLeaks’ collection. The agreement also states that any breach will cause WikiLeaks to lose the chance to sell the information to other news broadcasters and publishers, which of course, is the justification for such an absurd fine.

WikiLeaks is not, as of yet, known to have sold any material, although founder Assange have discussed opportunities in the past. $20 million dollars eh? Yeah, I’m sure there are very few people on this planet with that kind of money and I am willing to bet that they majority doesn’t engage in WikiLeaks or perhaps not even know what WikiLeaks is!

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