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Julian Assange and Wikileaks

Wikileaks has been making news since 2006, but in 2010 they made big news with a series of leaks starting with the “Collateral Murder” videos. Following that were the Afghan war logs and the Iraq war logs. Wikileaks’ final leak that year was the diplomatic cables, the largest leak of classified documents in history. As the leaks and the events surrounding them unfolded, Wikileaks became one of the biggest, most thrilling stories in years.

Getting to Know Wikileaks

Julian Assange, the group’s leader, became a high profile figure in the media, as a source on the leaks and as a spokesman for open governance.

No Secrets

Raffi Khatchadourian wrote this excellent, extensive profile of Julian Assange while “Collateral Murder,” his first major media coup, was in production and still a closely-guarded secret.

An Interview With WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange

Andy Greenberg spoke to Assange at the end of 2010 in a wide-ranging interview covering recent and future leaks, Wikileaks’ future, and what Assange’s overarching goals are.

Julian Assange: The Rolling Stone Interview

Rolling Stone published another in-depth interview with Assange in 2012 while he was waiting for a hearing to see if he’d be extradited to Sweden for questioning on his alleged molestation of two women in August 2010. They spoke about his arrest warrant, his time in solitary, and the future of journalism.

Julian Assange and the Computer Conspiracy

An excellent analysis of the Wikileaks ideology and some of Assange’s pre-Wikileaks writing, by Aaron Bady.

The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy: The Case of WikiLeaks

A more contrarian take on Wikileaks. Jared Lanier thinks a world without secrets would cause a breakdown of democracy and trust.

Good Manners in the Age of WikiLeaks

“The only surprising thing about the WikiLeaks revelations is that they contain no surprises. Didn’t we learn exactly what we expected to learn? The real disturbance was at the level of appearances: we can no longer pretend we don’t know what everyone knows we know. This is the paradox of public space: even if everyone knows an unpleasant fact, saying it in public changes everything.”

Wikileaks’ Relationship With The Media

Assange’s shadowy reputation and the circumstances of the leaks ultimately overshadowed the leaks themselves. In releasing most of its cache of classified documents, Wikileaks partnered with media establishments to help disseminate, analyse and report on their contents. This unprecedented collaboration proved to eventful and endlessly fascinating.

The Story Behind the Publication of WikiLeaks’s Afghanistan Logs

The Afghanistan logs were the first to be released through the media, with the New York Times, Der Spiegel and The Guardian simultaneously publishing selections of the documents with their respective analysis. In this article, Clint Hendler explains how it all came together.

Dealing With Assange and the Wikileaks Secrets

Here Bill Keller recounts the media collaboration end to end, from his view as the New York Times executive editor. The Times’ relationship with Wikileaks soured when they declined to link to the Iraq war logs on the Wikileaks site, fearing it could put informants in danger.

WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Trailed by Notoriety

This critical profile of Assange that The Times published alongside their Iraq War Logs coverage severed their ties completely.

An Inside Look at Difficult Negotiations with Julian Assange

With The Times’ relationship with Wikileaks collapsing, Assange wanted to exclude The Times from his next leak, the diplomatic cables. Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark represented Der Spiegel during these meetings, and here they relay the encounters from their position.

The Man Who Spilled the Secrets

Vanity Fair also published a detailed, birds-eye view of the newspapers’ relationship with Assange.

Bradley Manning

The source of the leaks, allegedly, was Bradley Manning, an Army soldier stationed in Iraq. When Manning found out he was about to be discharged for punching a female intelligence analyst, he’s said to have contacted Adrian Lamo, a former hacker, claiming to be in possession of classified documents that he wanted to leak. Lamo went to the FBI, and Manning was arrested.

Bradley Manning is at the center of the WikiLeaks controversy. But who is he?

The Washington Post published a long profile of Manning and his involvement in the leaks leading up to his arrest, painting a picture of an emotional but promising young man.

Bradley Manning’s Army of One

New York Magazine also published a profile of Manning, calling him “one of America’s most unusual revolutionaries.”

Private Manning And The Making Of Wikileaks

Another profile of Manning, by Denver Nicks.

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