by |January 25, 2011

WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy is the first in-depth account of the WikiLeaks phenomenon, from the website’s launch in 2006 to the latest developments…

Written by top Guardian journalists, David Leigh and Luke Harding, who were behind the unique deal with WikiLeaks which revealed to the world last year’s unprecedented mountain of secret data…

The authors have had unprecedented access to all the major players, from diplomats and politicians to the former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Julian Assange himself

The very latest on the unfolding battle to extradite Julian Assange: will he end up in a US jail for what he has done?


The extraordinary twists and turns of the WikiLeaks drama 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.

Here two of their top reporters take the lid off the WikiLeaks phenomenon and explore the many strands 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 extra-judicial killings in Kenya in 2008 to the avalanche of US diplomatic cables in 2010. They study the implications of the latest revelations. And they reveal the strange and contradictory nature of Assange himself: a man praised by Amnesty International in 2009 but also a man who, barely a year later, was to be accused by Swedish police of sex crimes.

Up until now, the story has been revealed piecemeal. WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy gives the full picture.

Ensure you’re not left wondering what everyone else is talking about – order your copy now.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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