In case you needed another reminder that these are some crazy times we’re living in, Michael Moore has you covered with his own version of WikiLeaks. Except it’s called TrumpiLeaks.
Yep. This is happening.
In a letter published by The Huffington Post, Moore, an ardent Trump critic, describes how his new site “will enable courageous whistleblowers to privately communicate with me and my team.”
“Patriotic Americans in government, law enforcement or the private sector with knowledge of crimes, breaches of public trust and misconduct committed by Donald J. Trump and his associates are needed to blow the whistle in the name of protecting the United States of America from tyranny.”
The TrumpiLeaks page lists several secure ways to share information with Moore’s team, including Signal, Peerio, and WhatsApp contacts, as well as an encrypted email address.
WikiLeaks wasn’t too impressed.
Moore posted his letter on Tuesday, less than a day after Reality Leigh Winner, a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, was on Monday for allegedly leaking classified information to The Intercept. The report showed Russian intelligence tried to hack U.S. voting systems prior to November’s election.
The Intercept also provides secure ways for sources to share information with reporters. The publication, however, may have revealed Winner as a source by sharing a “folded or creased” report with the NSA.
There are protections in place for some types of whistleblowers, such as those exposing misconduct in the workplace. And employers are prohibited from discriminating against these whistleblowers.
But for people like Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Winner, who leaked information on national security to the press, no such protections exist. Instead, they face prosecution.
In Manning’s case, she served seven years in prison for sharing classified military documents with WikiLeaks. Her 25-year sentence was commuted by former president Barack Obama.
Snowden, a former contractor for the NSA, has been in Russia for years avoiding extradition after leaking documents to the press on the spying techniques of the agency.
That’s why Moore is trying to make his site as secure as possible.
“I know this is risky,” he wrote in his letter. “I knew we may get in trouble. But too much is at stake to play it safe. And along with the Founding Fathers, I’ve got your back.”