Is this a sustainable business model?

by on September 6, 2008 at 7:53 am in Web/Tech | Permalink

Alternatively, you could call this "Markets in Everything":

The secret-spilling site Wikileaks announced this week that it’s
acquired thousands of e-mails belonging to a top aide to Venezuelan
president Hugo Chavez. But don’t look for them online. In a departure
from its full-disclosure past, Wikileaks is auctioning off the cache to
the highest bidder.

Wikileaks began
soliciting bids from media organizations on Tuesday, for what it
describes as thousands of e-mails and attachments from 2005 to 2008
that provide insight into Chavez’s management, CIA activities in
Venezuela and the Bolivarian revolution.

The winner gets exclusivity and embargoed access to the documents, though Wikileaks will publish all of them eventually.

Here is more.

1 Anonymous September 6, 2008 at 9:10 am

In other news, I am selling pigs in a poke on eBay.

2 Josh September 6, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Is Chavez expected to bid on these? Sounds a little like blackmail.

3 tribal individualist September 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm

And the USG is OK with this?

4 Peter September 6, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Sorry, that was to diversity

5 Rex Rhino September 7, 2008 at 1:42 am

This isn’t blackmail. They are auctioning the information it off to “media organizations”, and plan to publish the information at a later time, anyway.

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