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WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy Paperback – Bargain Price, February 15, 2011
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Mediaite, February 5, 2011
“While [The Guardian’s] rendition of experience does not fail to leave out the requisite depiction of Assange as overbearing and paranoid, the overall tone of the story, rather than vengeful, is surprisingly self-effacing.”
“You can imagine, then, how delighted I was to receive a copy of the Guardian’s new crash-published Wikileaks book and discover that it was all the things I wanted from the Times’ book. And more… Indeed, while ‘Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy’ is many things – a thriller, a story of international diplomacy, a tale of greed and ambition and double-crosses; a comedy, a tragedy – above all it’s a manifesto for the future of professional journalism…If Wikileaks is this generation’s Watergate, then ‘Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy’ might well prove to be its All The President’s Men; educating a whole new generation of would-be reporters on the power and importance of the professional press.”
Eurasian Review, February 4, 2011
The American Prospect, June, 2011
“The best overview of the story as it stood in early 2011 is WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy…This is a gripping, spy-novel-paced recounting of how WikiLeaks, the Guardian, and the other major organizations managed a first-of-its-kind global news-breaking collaboration.”
About the Author
LUKE HARDING is the Guardian's Moscow correspondent. He was previously the Guardian's South Asia correspondent in New Delhi and has reported for the paper from Afghanistan and Iraq. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
What one notices immediately is the general tone of these writings, not only devoid of any sympathy for the subject, but frankly bilious. Leaving you with an unpleasant taste in your mouth, this tone makes you slightly suspicious as for the authors' motivations and impartiality. It would also disappoint anyone hoping to get an insight into the "enigmatic" Wikileak's founder's human qualities. In fact, the way Julian Assange is presented throughout the book is not as a human at all, but rather as some exotic animal who needs to be constantly "managed" (and is now caged and can be poked at safely). Those few little human interest details about his childhood and youth included in the book can be easily searched for on the Internet (where the authors probably found them).
More than characterising its subject, this book characterises the media world. You do not get any sense of gratitude or recognition from The Guardian for Wikileaks giving it the biggest news stories of the last few decades, on a scale unimaginable to the Guardian's team of "investigative journalists". (Taking on Jonathan Aitken is not quite the same as taking on the Pentagon and the US government). There is no gratitude either for Julian Assange's hard work in taking the physical risks and psychological pressure for getting those news stories out. There is no sense of solidarity with Wikileaks, the organisation that essentially is serving the same purpose as any good newspaper should serve: getting the truth out.Read more ›
Finally do NOT purchase the book from this site in any case, since they also were totally complicit in the totalitarian witch-hunt against Assange and Wikileaks, denying them hosting services, and therefore (like the financial companies) basically voluntarily acting in the illegal ways the US Empire requested of them.
It doesn't make the story itself bad, it is a good story with a lot of cruft.
But the story itself it's about Wikileaks, from its inception to the release of the so called Cablegate -- the release of several diplomatic cables. Actually, Wikileaks is just the background story here; the whole action is more about how The Guardian dealt with Assange and the other publishing partners than Wikileaks itself.
It's not a bad story, even with the abundance of words. There are a lot of forgotten elements -- like the story behind Manning and his leaking -- which tend to be completely ignored at this point. But, again, there are too many unnecessary words that go nowhere. Prepare to get annoyed about the continuous mention of the some cable over and over again -- and see the said cable in its complete form in the end.
(Why I'm mentioning this? 'Cause the book makes a huge deal of how several cables affected international politics, but keep mentioning the same three cables over and over again. I mean, if several where that important, why are the same three mentioned so many times?)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It would be nice if there was a conclusion but it goes on and on after publishing. one two threePublished on May 5, 2014 by Wallace
In today’s “selfie” age, it’s not enough that the news is news but the process of getting the news has become news itself. Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by SLIMJIM
I chose this rating because the infrmation was very eyeopening and i think he should be relased. This Swedish stuff could be exolained many ways. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Edith Gibbs
I was greatly disappointed with this book. I was hoping to learn more about Assange rather than patently-slanted gossip. Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by D. Bauman
This is a self-congratulatory book by two Guardian journalists about the biggest leak of confidential government information in history brought about by two oddballs, an Australian... Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by John Fitzpatrick
What happens when the means do not justify the ends?
Great, you made some money, The Guardian, who cares what it took to get there. Read more
The book is meaningless and more of a cy-op than anything.Assange was a member of the family,a cult in Australia.He dished on every country but Israel. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Andrea McPherson
David Leigh is one of Julian Assange's main contacts at The Guardian, so his account is particularly well-informed of the genesis of WikiLeaks, the prickly relationship between... Read morePublished on April 19, 2011 by Robert Carlberg
This book is written by the Guardian reporters who had the most contact with Julian Assange. They even put him up on occasion. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Edsopinion.com