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Inside WikiLeaks [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Domscheit-Berg
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Book Description

Former WikiLeaks Insider and Spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg Authors an Exposé of the “World’s Most Dangerous Website”
In an eye-opening account, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, reveals never-disclosed details about the inner workings of the increasingly controversial organization that has struck fear into governments and business organizations worldwide and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man task force. In addition to Germany and the U.S., Inside WikiLeaks will be published simultaneously in 12 other countries.
Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at WikiLeaks and the organization’s most public face, after Julian Assange. In this book, he reveals the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007. He also describes what led to his September 2010 withdrawal from WikiLeaks, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and Assange’s increasing concentration of power. What has been made public so far about WikiLeaks is only a small fraction of the truth. With Domscheit-Berg’s insider knowledge, he is uniquely able to tell the full story. A computer scientist who worked in IT security prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks, he remains committed to freedom of information on the Internet. Today he is working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called OpenLeaks, developed by former WikiLeaks people, to be launched in early 2011.

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“Domscheit-Berg speaks with the authority that few others posess.”
“For citizens around the globe who are attracted to WikiLeak’s promise of transparency but distressed by the illiberal excesses and reckless behavior of its founder, Domscheit-Berg provides an invaluable vision of a genuinely neutral technology for whistle-blowers. And he reminds us of the danger of concentrating power in the hands of one man, whose secretive organization became the mirror image of the powerful institutions he sought to oppose.”
—Jeffrey Rosen, The Washington Post

About the Author

DANIEL DOMSCHEIT-BERG, under the pseydonym Daniel Schmitt, was the effective Number 2 at WikiLeaks, and was the organization's spokesman and most public face after Julian Assange. A computer scientist who worked primarily in IT security for several multinational companies prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks, Domscheit-Berg remains committed to freedom of information and transparency on the internet. He is currently working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called OpenLeaks, developed by former WikiLeaks staffers, which will be launched in 2011.

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  • File Size: 1171 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (February 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFRM14
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
"Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" was the first book deal to arise from the Wikileaks phenomenon. This contentious memoir of Daniel Domscheit-Berg's nearly three years at Wikileaks, ghost written by German journalist Tina Klopp, recounts his experiences as Wikileaks' spokesman in Germany and all-around staffer who went by the name Daniel Schmitt in public. It begins at the 24th Chaos Communications Congress, where Domscheit-Berg met Julian Assange, and follows his experiences at Wikileaks from the 2008 Julius Bäer leak until he left Wikileaks, following a dispute with Assange that had been escalating for months, in September 2010.

Domscheit-Berg offers some interesting behind-the-scenes stories of significant leaks that helped make Wikileaks' early reputation, such as the Scientology Handbooks and the German Toll Collect contract material, but the emphasis is on his relationship with Julian Assange. And I have the impression that isn't only because Assange gossip sells well these days. Domscheit-Berg clearly adored Assange, even if he found the man pathologically inconsiderate, and was therefore particularly upset by the deterioration of their relationship. Given the preoccupation with Assange's character, or Domscheit-Berg's view of it, it is surprising and unfortunate that he says almost nothing about Julian Assange's ideas of politics, information flows, or strategy.

Domscheit-Berg pines over his relationship with Assange for 279 pages but never explains why he was so enamored of the man in the first place.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting October 11, 2013
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The story is interesting but the book needed some better editing. It certainly presents the philosophy behind Wikileaks but I also find it interesting that neither the author nor Assange seemed to recognize that Wikileaks had its own secrets it didn't want disclosed while they were on a crusade to expose everyone else's.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick, dirty, and comically biased June 22, 2012
I picked up this book because I'm very intrigued by WikiLeaks but didn't know much about it. For those purposes, it was perfect because it gave an overview of most of their leaks in a story format. A lot of it just devolves into a fed up former roomate bitching, but it is also to keep in mind that it was originally written in German, where they have a different writing style. Not a bad book, but not a great book either.
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35 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Raising the Bar for Banal Opportunism March 3, 2011
By Tim
I'd wanted to pick this up for awhile, but after seeing how short it was and the largish typeface, I figured what the hell -- popped it open and read the thing while burrowed in an enclave at Borders. It should have been chucked back on the shelf long before I finished, quite frankly, but I wanted to be absolutely certain that I hated it as much as I thought I did.

At no time did Domscheit-Berg approach any semblance of meaningful insight; if you were hoping for anything beyond a lengthy discharge of mostly banal tripe, I recommend looking elsewhere. It's a series of what amount to lackluster, underwhelming blog posts quickly jimmied together for profit. It's Ricki Lake masquerading as 60 Minutes.

It's hard to blame Domscheit-Berg for making an effort to cash in on his circumstances, but going forward, he'd do well to remember that cringe-worthy opportunism should at least be somehow entertaining. This book wasn't, and had I paid, sadly, it'd probably have been the first time I'd utilized the return policy.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible October 9, 2011
This reads like a bad letter from a bitter ex-girlfriend. Domscheit-Berg passively down talks Assange's character and morals, while, at the same time, tries to portray himself as a victim. It's a typical "he said, she said" high school break up fight.

I don't know much about WL or OL, so I'm very impartial and ignorant. I just wanted to learn more about what the organization is, but instead I learned how two heterosexual men break up with each other. And the last chapter? What was that about? It quickly turned into an OpenLeaks marketing brochure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars personal account February 1, 2014
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an interesting diary of ongoings between Assange, 'Schmitt', and WikiLeaks. While the ideal and idea of WikiLeaks was a great one, the man behind it (Assange) seems to be very flawed. The machine to discredit the author is in full force though but doing some digging shows that he is not just making stuff up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Character study of a real character April 23, 2014
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This book provides a first-hand look into the business and personal lifestyle of an interesting character. It is an easy and compelling story of a world-class super nerd, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside WikiLeaks March 28, 2014
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I really like the writing voice Daniel Domscheit-Berg has, it's very personable. The way he outlines his time spent at WL is between matter-of-fact and nostalgic, it helps add some more human dimension to this particularly fascinating site and group of activists without taking away from the message and ideas being relayed about transparency.
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