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Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website [Paperback]

Daniel Domscheit-Berg
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15 Feb 2011

Since its launch in 2006, WikiLeaks has rapidly grown into the most powerful and influential whistleblowing organisation ever. Its status as a repository and publisher of leaked sensitive and confidential governmental, corporate, organisational or religious documents while preserving the anonymity and untraceability of its contributors, and the statements and behaviour of its leader Julian Assange have made WikiLeaks both daily front page news and a topic of enormous controversy.

In an eye-opening account, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who joined WikiLeaks in its early days and became its spokesman, reveals never-disclosed details about the inner workings of the organisation that has struck fear into governments and businesses worldwide and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man investigative task force. He also provides a remarkably up-close portrait of Julian Assange himself.

Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at WikiLeaks and its most public face after Assange. In this book, he tells the backstories of leaks ranging from the Church of Scientology and the Afghanistan and Iraq War logs to Cablegate, and reveals the evolution, finances and inner tensions of the whistleblower organisation, 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 its 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 his insider knowledge, Domscheit-Berg is uniquely able to tell the full story.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (15 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224094017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224094016
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most extraordinary revelation in Daniel Domscheit-Berg's book is how tiny the WikiLeaks operation has been from the beginning" (John Naughton The Independent)

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An inspiration behind the film The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which examines the relationship between Julian Assange and the author, Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear! 20 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My motivation in reading this book was to learn about Julian Assange. This is the third book related to him that I have read, the other two being: The Most Dangerous Man in the World: The Explosive True Story of the Lies, Cover-Ups, and Conspiracies He Exposed and Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography.

Whilst undoubtedly I did learn more about Assange, gaining that knowledge came at the price of having to wade through this book. My appreciation of this book decreased with each chapter that I read. In the end it was all I could do to finish it!

It has been written by Assange's right-hand man in the operation of Wikileaks, for three years from 2007 - 2010, until Domscheit-Berg was suspended by Assange from Wikileaks. You'll see then that the author has an axe to grind.

If you think of what it would be like to read only one party's account of an unhappy marriage that led to a bitter divorce, you would develop an understanding of how this book reads and how it makes the reader feel. Bitterness, endless blaming of the other party and accounts of petty and trivial occurrences are rife in this book. You can hardly read a page without there being some dig at Assange. One of the most petty accounts related to Assange allegedly using up all of Domscheit-Berg's Ovaltine, which he had a yen for at the time. I mean really do we need to read about this?

This book is not totally without value, it does tell of the machinations of Wikileaks, which reveals how incredibly small scale it all was in terms of how many people were involved.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars failure 4 Jun 2011
By Melike
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I could stand only 100 pages, even it was too much! It's really boring. Julian moved into my house, he was sick, he had white trousers, we were both sick, we ate sushi together... He is a that kind of a guy, he is that he is this.... We did this, that, those.... It is a kind of diary indeed. All about author's personal feelings and experience when he was working in Wikileaks. To say the truth, I am not so interested in that!!!
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Read a Kiity O Shea book for bitching, more fun 23 Feb 2011
By Silver
Format:Paperback
was lent to me by a friend, the most boring book I ever got to never finish,
one nerd carping about another far brighter nerd, like the kid in class who always came second and harboured a grudge at the one above who always came first.
For a catty tell all, read a Kitty O Shea novel, far much more fun. This guy sounds like the Robin who wanted to be Bat Man but never could be, you feel like saying to him 'move on get a life and stop imitating Assange!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and insightful 18 May 2011
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Reads like a novel. Good fun and a fascinating story. I read the Guardian book on Wikileaks in the same week. Both great books.
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