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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (20 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: October 2011 ISBN: 9781470802509
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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.”

    TechCrunch

Listener Opinions

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

    " See Oxonian review archive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainey Turlington | 2/6/2014

    " Well-written and engaging - kept my attention through to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter Miller | 1/19/2014

    " I'm not telling you what I think of this book, because it's a secret. However, it really was a Lady Gaga CD. Allegedly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary | 1/6/2014

    " I couldn't put this down. A fascinating expose by London Guardian reporters into Assange's personality and the process of releasing the Afghanistan, Iraq, and diplomatic logs to the public. Goes into great detail about the Swedish rape charges. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 12/29/2013

    " These are the people from The Gaurdian "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 12/26/2013

    " A good overview of the Wikileaks saga, particularly the process of partnering with the media. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Maddux | 12/9/2013

    " Four stars because it was a good book, 1 star because I liked it a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/5/2013

    " intriguing but questionable.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 5/10/2013

    " Covers Wikileaks from the point of view of the Guardian. The story is split between Assange and Manning and mostly covers Wikileaks after they had approached the major newspapers. Daniel Domscheit-Berg's book is a much more interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tara Brabazon | 5/4/2013

    " A solid review of the rise and rise of Wikileaks. It is a chronological narrative but offers some insight into both social and informational transgression. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 4/23/2013

    " Informative, but just not as compelling as I thought it would be. A book like this may make more sense once we see the broader impacts of Wikileaks on media, organizational secrecy and the world in general. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Framfraisee | 4/20/2013

    " Interesting: surtout 5 big journals' cooperation "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 1/22/2013

    " Interesting, informative and probably the first in a long line of Wikileaks books that will come out in the near future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narada Thomas | 12/3/2012

    " The book itself is bored, but still it's a worth book to read any one who interest in the century's revolution. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shandra | 1/30/2012

    " It was just okay, except the author kept repeating himself, and lost me in somewhere in the middle, but I finished anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 djcb | 9/18/2011

    " Interesting book, many of the background stories for the major leaks (like 'cablegate'). We don't get the know much beyond the surface-Assange, who comes off as a bit of a jerk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 8/22/2011

    " The first hundred pages of this book are pretty worthless, but by the end the pace picks up. It's kind of like an All The President's Men for the digital era - although the result is actually pretty light on political intrigue and pretty heavy on Julian Assange's loutish behavior. "

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About the Author

David Leigh is a British journalist, author, editor, and Anthony Sampson Professor of Reporting in the journalism department at City University London. He has been a prominent investigative journalist since the 1970s and is currently investigations editor of the Guardian (UK).

About the Narrator

Paul Michael Garcia, an AudioFile Earphones Award winner and former company member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, received his classical training in theater from Southern Oregon University, where he worked as an actor, director, and designer.