Maryan Heffernan's Reviews > Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website

Inside WikiLeaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg
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Apr 10, 2011

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This memoir of WikiLeaks has no literary pretence; however the detailed and chronological account of the web site and its founder is very compelling.

WikiLeaks and Assange need no introduction. This account of Domscheit-Berg’s charts the very scrappy founding of what appeared to be an ad hoc website with limited servers, outdated technologies and a couple of brilliant techies to become a force to be reckoned with worldwide.

He also chronicles the personal relationship between Assange and himself from Assange being his idol and philosophical genius to a rather unattractive, arrogant and self serving leader, paranoid about his team and making unpredictable decisions.

Detailed chat transcripts outline the disintegration of the relationship with a final comment telling the author that “I will destroy you” and “I will not tolerate disloyalty in crisis.” Look out for a new secure site “Open Leaks”

Whatever a persons opinion the Wikileaks phenomena has sparked a debate from journalists to politians and ethicists on the freedom of information and the issue of honesty and tranparency.
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