Inside Wikileaks

von Daniel Domscheit-Berg 
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WikiLeaks, a platform for disclosing information, has managed to publish more groundbreaking news items in the last three years than the Washington Post has in the last thirty: the gruesome video of Iraqi civilians and journalists being murdered by members of the US military; the true circumstances surrounding the bombing of two hijacked petrol-tankers in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which led to the resignation of Defence Minister Jung; the plundering of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing by its major shareholders, and many, many more. In its four years of operation it has published millions of revelatory documents, gaining praise and criticism in equal measure, and has come to be seen as "the most dangerous website in the world". Despite this, little is known about how WikiLeaks operates, and even less about its founder, Julian Assange.§Daniel Domscheit-Berg is a German IT specialist who has been involved with WikiLeaks since 2007, and who was, until recently, the project's spokesman, and its public face. He is now the best-placed man in the world to provide an insight into its secrets, and those his former colleague. In Inside WikiLeaks, he will reveal the evolution, finances and inner tensions of the whistleblower organisation, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007 at the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin. He will also describe the circumstances that led to his withdrawal from WikiLeaks in September 2010, including his disenchantment with the organisation's lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and the increasing concentration of power by Julian Assange.§He will also address the questions the world is asking: Who is really behind this organisation that has struck fear into the powerful, and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man task force? What does the nerve centre of WikiLeaks look like, and what explosive documents are still slumbering there? Who decides which of the thirty daily contributions go online, and how does the site guarantee their authenticity? Are the accusations of rape made against Assange in Sweden a conspiracy by secret services, and what is the truth about the internal power struggles that threaten to engulf it?


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