Although Pornwikileaks.com deals with matters far less sensitive than those discussed in international diplomatic cables, the fallout is potentially very serious for the thousands of adult film stars whose true identities have been exposed.
A representative for the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), the Sherman Oaks clinic suspected of being the source of the leaked XXX actor name, address and – in some cases – relatives information, confirms to NBC Los Angeles they have launched a full investigation and will consider pressing charges. Meanwhile, Guy Adams, LA correspondent for the Independent, suggests the breach could be particularly damaging to former adult stars now working in the conventional job world. He also frames the anonymous operator(s) of Pornwikileaks.com as being a far cry from Julian Assange:
No one knows what motivated the creator of Porn Wikileaks, which is amateurish and Thursday struggled to cope with a sudden surge in traffic. The site is registered in the Netherlands, apparently by a disgruntled member of the “porn press”, and describes the purpose of its existence as being a “media organization” devoted to making the industry more transparent.
The Pornwikileaks.com real-name database has reportedly been live for several months, but only hit the mainstream media radar this week after it was blogged about by adult industry watcher Mike South.