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Inside WikiLeaks by [Domscheit-Berg, Daniel]
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“Domscheit-Berg speaks with the authority that few others posess.”
Businessworld
 
“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 pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, was the
effective No. 2 at Wikileaks and 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,
he 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 people, to be launched in 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2973 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (February 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFRM14
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,415 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"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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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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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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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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Daniel Domscheit-Berg's "Inside Wikileaks" is a very weak book. The central premise can be summed up as "Julian Assange is a bad person and should feel bad about himself." I strongly suspect this book was in part an attempt to cash in on the Wikileaks name, and was in part to hype Domscheit-Berg's Open Leaks project (how did that work out for you, Daniel?). There are plenty of people who viscerally hate the things Assange has done, but this account is much more personal. It comes across like the sort of petty vitriol and bitching you often hear from a teenager whose high school romance has hit the rocks.

In addition to Domscheit-Berg's intense bias against Assange, this book adds his extremely poor writing skills. The book is riddled with typographical errors, sloppy, boring, and banal prose, and a tenth-grade level of writing. As far as an account of what the cover calls "My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website", left in the background are events such as the Scientology leaks (a very significant period of activity for Wikileaks as it took on the powerful Scientology organization), the German Toll Collect material, and the Afghan War Diaries (another major turning point for Wikileaks). Domscheit-Berg so intensely focuses on his personal conflict with Assange that he loses his ability to write much about the work of Wikileaks itself. As a result of his disgust with Assange and his inability to form coherent, convincing words, Domscheit-Berg has produced a book that is petty, completely one-sided, and in the end quite boring.

To write a book about Wikileaks that is boring is a perversely interesting accomplishment as there is nothing about the saga of Wikileaks and Julian Assange that most people would find boring. So I guess there's that.
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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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