Ex-WikiLeaks Rep Deletes 3,500 Files
Founder Julian Assange accuses him of 'sabotage'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2011 3:58 PM CDT
Picture taken Feb. 8, 2011 of one of the founders of OpenLeaks, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, speaking during an AP interview in Berlin, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – In the latest chapter of WikiLeaks' apparent implosion, a former spokesman for the group says he has destroyed 3,500 of its unpublished files, der Spiegel reports. Daniel Domscheit-Berg says he took the files when he left WikiLeaks last year and "shredded" them "in order to ensure that the sources are not compromised." The files included Washington's "no-fly list" and, according to founder Julian Assange, private information on 20 right-wing groups.

An online statement apparently by Assange blasted Domscheit-Berg, implying he kept cozy ties with US intelligence and police. Assange also repeated allegations that Domscheit-Berg committed "sabotage" against WikiLeaks and improperly used its chat logs for his book, Inside WikiLeaks—which paints Assange in a none-too-flattering light. Domscheit-Berg has other problems, after Germany's top hacker group kicked him out and accused him of exploiting it to promote his alternate whistleblower platform, OpenLeaks.