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New York Times ponders creating its own WikiLeaks-like site

After falling out with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the New York Times now reportedly is considering launching its own WikiLeaks-esque system to accept large amounts of leaked information, reported The Cutline.

"A small group from computer-assisted reporting and interactive news, with advice from the investigative unit and the legal department, has been discussing options for creating a kind of EZ Pass lane for leakers," said NY Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, as quoted in The Cutline.

Already Al Jazeera has created a way for documents to be leaked anonymously. The Al Jazeera Transparency Unit, an encrypted submission system, launched earlier this month.

Raffi Khatchadourian of the New Yorker questioned whether Al Jazeera had "taken the first step in a journalism arms race to begin acquiring mass document leaks? It would be surprising if other large news organizations are not already at work on their own encrypted WikiLeaks-style portals. The New York Times and the Guardian, for instance, have every incentive to follow in Al Jazeera’s footsteps and give people a way to submit sensitive material directly to them rather than through an intermediary, such as WikiLeaks."

Even as the New York Times ponders pursuing its own WikiLeaks-like site, the newspaper on Monday will publish its first e-book, an attempt at finding one more revenue stream, according to the Associated Press.

The book, "Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy," chronicles the WikiLeaks saga, and explains the NY Times' role in publishing the leaked documents.

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