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THE AGE OF WIKILEAKS: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond) Kindle Edition

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Les Warden on February 16, 2011
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I have been following Greg's blogs for some time and he has put together an excellent book here!! Just the facts, and that is what he has delivered. The timelines, the leaks (aka, the truths), world-wide reactions. It's all in here. Highly recommended!!! What I walked away with is how much "watchers of the powerful" are really needed (WikiLeaks this time). I was also pretty disgusted with how the mainstream media and other journalists have reacted and are still reacting towards the information released and towards Assange. With respect to the way the US government's is trying to go after Assange, Assange's words should be ringing in the mainstream journalist's ears...."You're next!". So true, so sad.
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"The Age of Wikileaks" is the story of Wikileaks revelations and the varied, often strident, reactions to them from April 2010, when Wikileaks released its "Collateral Murder" video, until early February 2011, as the Cablegate saga was still ongoing. Greg Mitchell began live-blogging the story at "The Nation" on 28 November 2010, the day the first State Department cables were released, and he has been doing so tirelessly ever since. As I write this, his Wikileaks News & Views blog is in Day 83. But the book isn't a summary of the blog; it's a narrative account of Wikileaks' most eventful 9 months. Mitchell focuses on the content and significance of the leaks themselves, then the reaction across the spectrum.

There are 6 sections: Collateral Murder, Bradley Manning, Afghanistan War Logs, Iraq War Logs, Cablegate, And Beyond. In the last section, Mitchell comments on the explosion of leak-hosting web sites in the wake of Wikileaks' global celebrity, alluding to the book's title, which refers to the Leak Phenomenon as a whole. The other sections follow events as they unfold, the release itself followed by the global reaction, of which there has never been any shortage of quantity or breadth. Mitchell includes information about behind-the-scenes wrangling leading up to the leaks where that information is available. He generally doesn't opine or bring first-hand experience to the discussion. An exception is his comments on "solatia", a subject about which he has written before.

The section on Cablegate constitutes about a third of the book and includes a blow-by-blow account of the release and reaction for the first few days, excerpted from Mitchell's blog.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Arkster on February 17, 2011
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As w.r.t. many brilliant innovations, the basic concept of Wikileaks may seem obvious now, but I'm aware of nothing quite like it before. The Venetian Doges had a sophisticated system for collecting secrets in which one among the governed could anonymously rat out others; but Wikileaks may be the first such system entrusting the power that comes from revelation to the people rather than to their rulers.

Wikileaks inaugurated the first infowar, in accompaniment to what I believe may prove a major leap forward in the evolution of a generally more informed and enlightened human consciousness.

I haven't read this book yet, but I've followed the Wikileaks story and Mitchell's blog closely. I am confident that no one has more of the relevant facts at his fingertips than Mitchell does, and I believe his book will prove an invaluable resource for historians in the near and far future. I only hope Mitchell continues to report on this story.
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