Diane Duke explains the adult performers’ 2257 information on PornWikiLeaks, and AIM Healthcare’s closure.
During the first part of April, the Free Speech Coalition began to receive calls from worried industry members about the existence of Porn Wikileaks.
At that point, it was still unclear from where the information came, as there was what looked like medical information as well as 2257 information. Soon we learned that it was likely that AIM’s database had been hacked and that some 2257 records may have also been compromised.
Almost simultaneously, I learned, from a conversation I had with AIM CEO Sharon Mitchell, that AIM’s clinic “temporarily” was closed due to a “paper work issue.” Apparently, L.A. County had closed the clinic based on a filing technicality. I was assured by Sharon that the paperwork issue would soon be resolved, that the database was still up and the draw stations were still active. Sharon assured me that the AIM clinic would reopen.
Almost immediately thereafter, AIM was sued by two individuals for breach of medical records. I learned that the litigation expenses for individuals suing AIM were covered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
AHF has been attacking the adult industry with frivolous lawsuits, Cal/OSHA and labor complaints as well as protests and misleading inflammatory press conferences for the past two years. AHF has been especially relentless in their attack on AIM.
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I bet when Julian Assange created Wikileaks.com he hadn’t thought of his platform being used in the Adult Industry. Personally, neither did I. None the less, it seems someone has taken it upon his/her self to publish PornWikileaks.com.
PornWikiLeaks.com is a database of porn star stage names being linked, to what is rumored to be, each actor/actress’ personal information. I suppose in an electronic era where sites such as Spokeo.com and paid consumer background checks exist, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
“PornWikiLeaks has combined high-end security technologies with journalism and ethical principles. Like other media outlets conducting investigative journalism, we accept (but do not solicit) anonymous sources of information. Unlike other outlets, we provide a high security anonymous message board fortified by cutting-edge cryptographic information technologies. This provides maximum protection to our sources. We are fearless in our efforts to get the unvarnished truth out to the public. When information comes in, our journalists analyze the material, verify it and write a news piece about it describing its significance to society. We then publish both the news story and the original material in order to enable readers to analyze the story in the context of the original source material themselves.” – PornWikiLeaks About
Just as other free personal information indexes have begun to rub mainstream internet users the wrong way, PornWikiLeaks.com is sure to meet opposition from adult industry actors, actresses and the agencies who manage them. If a cease and desist letter has not already been sent, I’m sure it’s in final draft on someone’s desk this morning.