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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (283 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Leigh, Luke Harding Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A team of journalists with unparalleled inside access provides the first full, in-depth account of WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange, and the ethical, legal, and political controversies it has both uncovered and provoked.

The extraordinary twists and turns of WikiLeaks have been closely followed by the Guardian newspaper ever since the website launched in 2006, and Guardian journalists have had unprecedented access to all the major players, from angry and embarrassed politicians and diplomats to the extraordinary figure of Julian Assange himself. At different times Assange hid at David Leigh’s homes. Here they reveal the many strands—legal, ethical, security related—of a story that continues to dominate world headlines. They look at the Internet culture and technology that made the mining of secret information possible and at the fanatical hackers who set up WikiLeaks. They explore the secret goings-on that WikiLeaks has uncovered, from the revelation of extrajudicial killings in Kenya in 2008 to the avalanche of US diplomatic cables in 2010. They study the implications of the latest revelations and reveal the strange and contradictory nature of Assange himself: a man praised by Amnesty International in 2009 but also, barely a year later, accused by Swedish police of sex crimes.

The WikiLeaks story has received worldwide attention and reaction. WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy presents the whole history of the organization and the ethical debate that surrounded the use of its material, plus the inside story of the personalities that created then threatened to destroy the website that has changed our view of secrecy forever. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In unraveling the murky details, the book has also provided a rip-roaring narrative of secrets, tantrums, technological wizardry, personal betrayal and vengeance.”

    Irish Independent

  • “Fantastic…a complicated story of the relationship between a man who is a fanatical political activist (Assange) with no formal journalistic training and no background in the media, and a group of esteemed, famous professional media practitioners.”

    Kaietur News

  • “The novelistic lens serves an important purpose by painting a richer, more three-dimensional portrait of the people behind WikiLeaks and the controversies in which they became embroiled.”

    Eurasian Review

  • “A manifesto for the future of professional journalism.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steven Farmer | 2/20/2014

    " Very good considering how hastily it was rushed to press. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Neil | 2/19/2014

    " Eminently readable account of Assange and the Wikileaks saga from the Guardian hacks who worked with him on the release of much of the leaked US material into the public domain. Assange is a divisive figure of course, but you may finish this feeling sorry for his helper, the US marine Bradley Manning. He can look forward to years in jail while the authors point out that State Department got over the disclosures remarkably quickly and even Assange has scored a book deal. The key US cables are at the back of the book and make for an informative read if you wonder about how governments conduct foreign affairs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tulonga | 2/19/2014

    " Actually borrowed this book two weeks ago from the library, and I must indeed say the authors did a pretty good job in detailing us the life and works of this hacker-cum-journo-gone molester-gone celebrity, another reason to rally behind the man of the moment Julian Assange and the idea of free access of information! Keep it up the guardian veterans... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joel | 2/16/2014

    " See Oxonian review archive. "

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