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Amid Criticism, Wikileaks Shifts Focus

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When WikiLeaks launched with little fanfare in early 2007, its founders touted it as a unique collaboration that would rely on the same anyone-can-edit software and sense of community that made Wikipedia such a success.

Instead of having a small group of experts examine documents, WikiLeaks promised, the forthcoming Web site would allow "the entire global community" to "interpret documents and explain their relevance to the public." News coverage at the time quoted spokesman Julian Assange emphasizing the lack of hierarchy, saying WikiLeaks is "an international collaboration, primarily of mathematicians."

That was then. In the nearly four years since its launch, WikiLeaks has morphed from an friendly collaboration of like-minded geeks to an operation dominated by Assange's London press conferences and outsized personality.

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