MONTREAL — Meet Mr. QuebecLeaks. Luc Lefebvre, 28, stepped out from the shadows Wednesday, revealing himself as the sole public face of a thus-far mysterious Quebec group — one he said is largely if not completely patterned on the WikiLeaks and OpenLeaks models.
QuebecLeaks has become fully operational, Lefebvre announced. He said it offers potential whistleblowers who wish to remain anonymous a homegrown channel to provide secure, one-way information delivery for documents, videos, photos or other information of public interest.
"Anybody who has access to documents that might look like there's some corruption, collusion, something shadowy, something that the people should know, they can submit it," he said.
"People who see something that is wrong shouldn't have to suffer the consequences" if they want to bring it to light "for the common good," Lefebvre said.
Once information is submitted through the group's bare-bones website, he said, it flows — "always encrypted" — through "hundreds of computers" to the main QuebecLeaks servers, he said, rendering the original source impossible to determine.
These servers are in Germany, he said. "Nothing in Canada or the U.S."
Asked about the recently well-chronicled travails of Julian Assange — the WikiLeaks founder facing extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges — he responded nonchalantly.
"I've lived my life pretty well open-source," he said.
"It don't think it's idealistic" to work to make many private matters public, Lefebvre said. "I think it should be normal in our democracy for a government to answer to its people."
Lefebvre insisted, repeatedly, that QuebecLeaks provides potential whistleblowers a secure path to shed light on "collusion and corruption" without revealing themselves. "We actually work the same way WikiLeaks works.
About 30 "Generation X and Generation Y" specialists in law, computers, finance, security and other domains are currently active in QuebecLeaks, he said. "I don't know everyone," but "they are all people who are well-known in their fields."
For more information visit www.quebecleaks.org.