24 Questions I Shouldn't Have Asked the Wikileaks Founder
Wikileaks founder Julian AssangeAssange: -freezes, fixes interviewer with steely gaze- All right. Cracked: That's right. You're pooping on the big boy interview-toilet now. High Five. -extends palm upwards- Assange: This interview cannot go on like this. Cracked: That's totally fair. Ok, let's talk about your site administration. A big problem with conventional wikis is that anyone can edit them. Because of this, the information on them is often not considered reliable. How have you dealt with that at Wikileaks? Assange: Yes! I mean, thank you. That was a very intelligent question. Cracked: Please don't patronize me or my readers. Assange: I'm sorry. Well, we initially followed a classic wiki setup, but ran into the reliability problems which you described. How it works now, is that we accept submissions anonymously, then have an editorial panel review the content to determine its veracity. If it looks ok, only then do we publish it. Users no longer have the ability to edit submissions. Cracked: But then is that truly a wiki? It sounds more like... that website... what am I thinking of? Assange: Yes, I know it sounds like a conventional news gathering organization, but... Cracked: No!