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WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy [Kindle Edition]

David Leigh , Luke Harding
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A new edition of the ultimate book on the WikiLeaks scandal.

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Published to coincide with the forthcoming film, The Fifth Estate, starring Beneditct Cumberbatch, this tie-in edition contains two new chapters on Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, and a foreword by Alan Rusbridger.

It was the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world's greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures ever to become a worldwide celebrity. Was he an internet messiah or a cyber-terrorist? Information freedom fighter or sex criminal? The debate echoed around the globe as US politicians called for his assassination.

And Assange's actions continue to be felt, in the trial of Bradley Manning and the flight of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower.

Award-winning Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding were at the centre of a unique publishing drama that involved the release of some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables and classified files from the Afghan and Iraq wars. (At one point the platinum-haired hacker was hiding from the CIA in David Leigh's London house.) Now, together with the paper's investigative reporting team, Leigh and Harding reveal the startling inside story of the man and the leak, and bring the story dramatically up to date.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing; Media tie-in edition (1 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F21V7CC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Poor book, fantastic material 3 Dec 2013
I give this book a 3 star. 5 out of 5 for content, 1 out of 5 for writing. (1+5)/2 = 3.

With no offence to the authors, it's quite obvious that they are investigative journalists and not writers. How it is possible to produce such a dull, confusing and incoherent book out of a plot that most novelists would give their right arm for is beyond me.

The good:
There's so much travelling around, conspiracies and plot twists in the WikiLeaks story, one could make another Bourne movie out of it. And two sequels. Whether or not you followed the actual events closely at the time, it's still stomach turning to put together all the facts and figures - such as death tolls in Irak and Afghanistan, for instance - that have come to light as a result of the leaks. It's also fascinating to learn about all the effort, risk taking and coordination that went into the publication of this data in mainstream media (The Guardian etc). Mr. Assagne himself seems to be something out of a movie (at least by this account), both likable and dislikable, but sadly not even his profile comes through clearly from the book's tortured pages. To the authors' credit, their work does seem well documented and there is real value in putting together the story behind WikiLeaks. IF you can actually PUT IT TOGETHER, that is :)

The bad:
It's not that the writing fails to shine. It's that it completely works against the story, rendering such a gold mine of novelistic opportunity into a useless pile of disjointed bits and pieces. Many times events are incompletely described or barely mentioned. Other times the repercussions of an event are described before the reader is actually introduced to the event itself.
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I read this after watching the movie The Fifith Estate, so I had an idea what to expect. But even so, it was interesting to read this insider's view. Obviously, this is just one account of the events described in the book, and of Julian Assange and Wikileaks - others might describe the same things differently. But my impression is that the authors have gone to much trouble to try to give as fair an account as possible. And I think they have done well. It's a highly interesting book for anyone who's interested in Wikileaks, Julian Assange, and how his idea has been instrumental in changing how information flows and works, and what you can achieve with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mental Workout 16 Feb 2014
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I write this as a Brit which could influence my perspective.

It is a very informative book – informative about how our world works, about human life and behaviour and about politics. Some of the key things that I gained from this book are:-

1. My current government seems to ask “how high” when America says jump, while our last government at least tried to say “hold on there a minute.” As we are Britain not America, the latter seems to me to be the sensible approach, as we are an older and hopefully wiser nation. Don’t get me wrong America can be so much more enabling than Britain (eg in self publishing) but we are not America. Equally as the cables make clear America seems to be a little amused at our desire to be “special”. I don’t blame the Americans it makes me smile as well.
2. While this book has therefore had me shaking my head at my current government, it has actually enhanced my respect for America, as it is clear that its State department does do a lot of, what seems to be, sensible, thoughtful, analysis of the world. All major governments probably do that but from what I know, from this book, Americas state department does do it proud.
3. There is a clear “feed the public brown stuff” when it comes to what really happens in war. This “say-do” gap clearly once worked well, but with the increasing number of American whistleblowers this really is becoming untenable. Also as we continue to evolve such “pr” is likely to increasingly do more harm than good. Surely a better solution is to help evolve humanity, reduce war, and find other more profitable activities for the industrial/military complex to dig their teeth into?

Now the negatives:-

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1.0 out of 5 stars WikiLeaks...David Leigh 27 Nov 2013
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The book was poorly written. Read more like a disjointed, sloppy story written for a newspaper. Saw the film 'Underground: The Julian Assange Story' and was hoping this book would pick up where the movie left off but was disappointed. I felt the author was just jumping on a very popular topic in order to find financial gain.
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