The reason WikLeaks has been so successful is because people who submit documents to the site feel confident that there won’t be any repercussions against them if anything negative comes from the leak. According to Gawker, The Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks clone SafeHouse, seems to have missed this point. In a big way:
‘Except when we have a separately negotiated confidentiality agreement… we reserve the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process, to operate our systems properly, to protect the property or rights of Dow Jones or any affiliated companies, and to safeguard the interests of others.’
In other words, if SafeHouse wants to, it will sell out its sources. That’s not exactly going to instill a lot of confidence in people who might want to tip the site.