[Owasp-leaders] OWASP and WikiLeaks

Jason Li jason.li at owasp.org
Tue Dec 7 14:41:37 EST 2010

Being the SWEDISH chapter leader, I'm pretty sure John knows that OWASP is a
global organization.

I think what John was alluding to is that the OWASP Foundation is a
registered 503(c) organization in the US that chapters and conferences
around the world leverage for financial and infrastructure support.

I am not a lawyer, but I believe John's point is that by being associated in
a leadership role with the OWASP organization, there could be some strange
unknown entanglements whereby through some crazy legal means, an OWASP
leader could be held accountable under US law, or some way in which OWASP's
status as a 503(c) organization could be compromised. Again, I'm not a
lawyer and I don't meant to speak for John either :)

Agreed with Arturo/Dave/Tom/et al.  There's nothing to be gained here in
that topic area or this thread of discussion.


On Tue, Dec 7, 2010 at 2:28 PM, daniel cuthbert
<daniel.cuthbert at owasp.org>wrote:

> "OWASP is American"
> Excuse me????, I take offense at that remark. Many foreign people like
> myself have been around since the start to make this project what it is
> today and to class this project as American is both technically incorrect
> and also offensive to the likes of us.
> On 7 December 2010 21:02, John Wilander <john.wilander at owasp.org> wrote:
>> I feel it's best for me not to have an opinion on WikiLeaks, at least not
>> a public opinion. That feeling worries me. But there's far too much
>> political pressure from one side and geek community pressure from the other.
>> And, as you might know, Sweden plays a special part in the show around
>> Julian Assange.
>> When it comes to OWASP the only thoughts I've had are along the lines of
>> what a non-profit foundation and it's members can be held accountable for.
>> OWASP is American and I work for it without knowing if I can be held
>> accountable for anything in the States. Not that I'm worried but the thought
>> has struck me.
>> Technology-wise I think onion routing networks are very interesting but
>> I'd rather keep that a non-political interest.
>> IMHO: OWASP should keep away from the WikiLeaks debate, at least as long
>> as the heat is on. I see nothing to gain and lots of potential trouble.
>>    /John
>> --
>> John Wilander, https://twitter.com/johnwilander
>> Chapter co-leader OWASP Sweden, http://owaspsweden.blogspot.com
>>  <http://owaspsweden.blogspot.com>Co-organizer Global Summit,
>> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Summit_2011
>> <http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Summit_2011>Conf Comm,
>> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Global_Conferences_Committee
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