Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"WikiLeaks," the Book

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 northern Africa [Tunisia, Egypt, etc.].

The man behind it was 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 echoes around the globe as U.S. politicians call for his assassination.

Award-winning Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding have been at the center of a unique publishing drama that involved the release of some 250,000 secret diplomatic cables and classified files from the U.S. wars on Afghanistan and Iraq.

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.

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