Open Secrets: Wikileaks, War and American Diplomacy
Complete and Updated Coverage by The New York Times, With an Introduction by Bill Keller
The New York Times Staff & Alexander Star
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In 2010, the anti-secrecy organization known as WikiLeaks made headlines around the world when it released thousands of classified U.S. government diplomatic cables and battlefield reports. The New York Times played a crucial role in breaking the WikiLeaks story, and “Open Secrets” is the definitive chronicle of the documents’ release and the controversy that ensued. It includes detailed analyses of the documents by Times correspondents; opinion essays by Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd and others; and the full text of all the cables and war logs posted on The Times's Web site, along with 27 new cables selected for this volume. It also includes an essay in which the executive editor of The Times, Bill Keller, explains how the newspaper came to publish documents obtained by WikiLeaks, and why it did; expanded profiles of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks's founder, and Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of being his source; and original essays on what the fracas has revealed about American diplomacy and government secrecy. A legal and technological thriller and a primer on world politics, "Open Secrets" is also a field guide to how information and power are wielded today, and why it matters.
This book is most useful for understanding not Wikileaks, but the NY Times. Every page is dripping with know-it-all arrogance. They decide what names to redact, they decide if a release of data will harm relations with a country or an intelligence program, they decide what parts of their agreement with Assange to honor. Yes, Assange is a sleazy weasel who deserves a room in the Guantanamo Hilton, but he's nothing compared to a NY Times editor. On general principles, boycott this book. Doesn't matter if you are pro- or anti-American...if you're pro-personal-integrity, you"ll be disgusted by this book and the creeps that wrote it and facilitated it coming into print.