Anonymous releases WikiLeaks secrets on Bank of America

BofA denies accusations; question remains of why WikiLeaks held back

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Having Anonymous release the information directly, rather than having WikiLeaks funnel it through the NYT, Times of London and other top-shelf journalism organizations that fact check it the way they would a politician's promises, gives WikiLeaks' opponents more ground to charge that the documents are fake and the charges are lies -- at least until someone has time to check them out.

On the other hand, it gives both WikiLeaks and Anonymous more freedom to strike back at immediate threats, rather than waiting sometimes weeks until news organizations whose criteria for publishing provocative information are much more conservative than those of WikiLeaks or Anonymous, if only because they're not anonymous, and both law enforcement and those wishing to sue for defamation always know where to find them.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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