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WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy Paperback – February 1, 2011

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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

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852652399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,699,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War.

His new book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" is published on February 11, 2014 by Vintage Books in the US and by Guardian Faber in the UK. "The Snowden Files" will also be published in Brazil, China, Korea, Norway, Holland, Portugal and Japan, to date.

He is the author of three previous non-fiction books. They are "The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken" (1997), nominated for the Orwell Prize; and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" (2011), both written with David Leigh. The film rights to Wikileaks were sold to DreamWorks and the film, The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl, came out in 2013. "Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia appeared in 2011 in the UK, and as "Expelled" in the US in 2012.

Luke lives in Hertfordshire, UK, with his wife, the freelance journalist Phoebe Taplin, and their two children

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By -CraigD. on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I wanted to know more about wikileaks. As it was written by a journalist who had directly been involved with Julian, I found the account to be very balanced and factual. I know there is more to the story but this book was quite in depth and exceptional interesting. The book covers all of the events that I was curious about. I couldn't stop reading this book (doesn't happen often!) and finished the book in one day. I found myself recommending this book to my friends. I haven't read any other books on the subjects so I don't know how they compare but having a writer from The Guardian as the author made me feel confident that I was getting a thorough perspective on this subject.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donn Edwards on August 13, 2011
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I'm sure that Julian Assange wasn't too happy with some of the stuff in this book, but it seems like the authors tried to be a little less partisan than they could have been. I have a great respect for Wikileaks and the media as a result of reading this book. Actually, I preferred the audiobook form even more, but that's a personal preference.
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Leigh and Harding only falter a few times in this fast-moving, bio-scandal hybrid about Assange and Manning, and the leak of many secret documents.

1. FOX NEWS wants Assange assassinated.
2. Senator Lieberman wants Assange terminated.
3. Hillary Clinton would like Assange to be erased.
4. But, then, a few months after the massive leak, America learns that the leaks actually increased the popularity of the USA among the regular people in the Middle-East.
5. Yes, the clear, colorful descriptions of criminal elements in Russia, Iraq and Afghanistan really made citizens of these countries both angry at their leaders and happier about the USA.
6. So, the USA backed off...a little.
7. But, today, Manning is still locked up and Assange can't go out and play.
8. Obama's State Department seems aware and useful.
9. But, Obama and the USA military remain angry cretins.
10. We learn, basically, that leaks can help the world.
11. But, pity the poor leakers.
12. They must be punished and tortured and kept in solitary and hurt and criticized and deported or jailed or killed or driven insane.
13. Nice country you've made, Mr. President.
14. And, by the way, keep up the drone assassinations of brown people. These killings are really getting you support among the innocent victims.
15. Hope you bring the drones to the USA ghettos and barrios soon. I know you want to.

Larry Rochelle, Author of OCCUPY FEARRINGTON, available on AMAZON Kindle.
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Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy is a first hand account into the Wikileaks release of the Afghanistan, Iraq, and diplomatic logs to the public.

Despite the bias of the journalists against Bradley Manning, the book is an informed account of the relationship between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange; and The Guardian and Wikileaks.

The writers (who were the journalists in collaboration with Julian Assange) present themselves and The Guardian as moral guardians who educated Julian Assange about media's ethics. While that's probably true, this aspect of the narrative felt like the writers are too eager to delineate their own position, and distance themselves from Assange.

Nevertheless, the writers debunk the spin and propaganda around the sexual assault charges against Julian Assange.

Written by one of Britains' most distinguished investigative journalists, it's a real page turner, full of twists and turns, that held my interest from beginning to end.

If the reader can bypass the writers bias, it's a must read for anyone interested in investigative and citizen journalism, and it's relationship to Whistleblowers.
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