An exposé of the “World’s Most Dangerous Website” from a former WikiLeaks insider
The basis for the movie The Fifth Estate (starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange), this eye-opening account by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks, reveals never-disclosed details about the inner workings of the increasingly controversial organization that has struck fear into governments and business organizations worldwide and prompted the Pentagon to convene a 120-man task force.
Under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, Domscheit-Berg was the effective No. 2 at WikiLeaks and the organization’s most public face, after Julian Assange. In this book, he reveals the evolution, finances, and inner tensions of the whistleblower organization, beginning with his first meeting with Assange in December 2007. He also describes what led to his September 2010 withdrawal from WikiLeaks, including his disenchantment with the organization’s lack of transparency, its abandonment of political neutrality, and Assange’s increasing concentration of power. What has been made public so far about WikiLeaks is only a small fraction of the truth. With Domscheit-Berg’s insider knowledge, he is uniquely able to tell the full story. A computer scientist who worked in IT security prior to devoting himself full-time to WikiLeaks, he remains committed to freedom of information on the Internet. Today he is working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called OpenLeaks, developed by former WikiLeaks people, to be launched in early 2011.
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DANIEL DOMSCHEIT-BERG, under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, was the
effective No. 2 at Wikileaks and the organization's spokesman and most public
face after Julian Assange. A computer scientist who worked primarily in IT security
for several multinational companies prior to devoting himself full-time to Wikileaks,
he remains committed to freedom of information and transparency on the internet.
He is currently working on a more transparent secret-sharing website called
OpenLeaks, developed by former WikiLeaks people, to be launched in 2011.
“Domscheit-Berg speaks with the authority that few others posess.”
“For citizens around the globe who are attracted to WikiLeak’s promise of transparency but distressed by the illiberal excesses and reckless behavior of its founder, Domscheit-Berg provides an invaluable vision of a genuinely neutral technology for whistle-blowers. And he reminds us of the danger of concentrating power in the hands of one man, whose secretive organization became the mirror image of the powerful institutions he sought to oppose.”
—Jeffrey Rosen, The Washington Post
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