Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website Paperback – 15 Feb 2011
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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)
An inspiration behind the film The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which examines the relationship between Julian Assange and the author, Daniel Domscheit-Berg.See all Product description
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Anyone who wants to understand the role of an organisation like Wikileaks and its strengths and weaknesses ought to read Domscheit-Berg's book. The questions he raises at the end of the book remain important and worrying given that they are raised by a person who has been closely involved in the running of the organisation and ought by rights to know the answers: What is Wikileaks's financial situation? What have donations been used for? Who decides how the money is allocated? What did Julian mean when he reportedly told the Guardian that he had a financial interest in how and when the diplomatic cables were published? More important is the wider question - after the Wikileaks revelations has the world actually changed, and does the public actually have any influence over its law-breaking political and military leaders?
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. The way it operated bears no relation really to the magnitude and importance of a lot of the documents that Wikileaks exposed. When reading this book and now reflecting upon it, the image of children playing in a firework's factory springs to mind. I got the feeling that not much thought was given to what impact the issuing of these documents globally into the public domain would have. What seemed to be important was that there was some kind of reaction. Whilst high-minded objectives are espoused by the author, not all ring true.
I don't recommend this book, there are other better books available, more intelligently written, so don't waste your time with this one.
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!'