WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy


By (author) The Guardian, By (author) David Leigh, By (author) Luke Harding


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  • Publisher: Guardian Books
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 34mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0852652399
  • ISBN 13: 9780852652398
  • Sales rank: 88,225

Product description

It was the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world's greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures ever to become a worldwide celebrity. Was he an internet messiah or a cyber-terrorist? Information freedom fighter or sex criminal? The debate would echo around the globe as US politicians called for his assassination. Award-winning "Guardian" journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding have been at the centre of a unique publishing drama that involved the release of some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables and classified files from the Afghan and Iraq wars. At one point the platinum-haired hacker was hiding from the CIA in David Leigh's London house. Now, together with the paper's investigative reporting team, Leigh and Harding reveal the startling inside story of the man and the leak.

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WikiLeaks has been written by a team of top Guardian journalists, led by David Leigh, the paper's investigations editor whose work was behind the jailing of Jonathan Aitken and the exposure of secret payments by arms company BAE, and Luke Harding, the paper's Moscow correspondent.

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"A behind-the-scenes adrenalin rush of secret meetings, encrypted websites [and] passwords written on hotel napkins" Metro "[A] very detailed, highly readable and, yes, rather racy volume. It is a fascinating and forensic analysis" Tribune "This pair of Guardian journalists provide excellent detail about the mechanics of the Wikileaks operation" -- Books Of The Year: Politics Sunday Times Culture