Very timely and a must read before viewing the DVD The Fifth Estate. The internet has changed many things, and few of us are even aware of its full impact. Especially concerning security matters.
"Daniel Schmitt" was part of Wikileaks when he and Julian Assange were the only 2 members.
This book follows his adventure in first person through numerous leaks and locations up until and shortly after he left WikiLeaks, after being suspended by Julian in a dramatic fashion, and ends with the starting phases of OpenLeaks.
A must read for anyone with an interest in Wikileaks and it's many spin-offs, or Assange, who gets another unkind literary treatment, but is still thanked in the book's closing.
With several other books on the go (as usual), I made the mistake of reading the intro to Inside Wikileaks. Then, I couldn't put it down. Domscheit-Berg has a great story to tell, and his clean, clear writing style doesn't get in the way. Events and characters are compelling and definitely "stranger than fiction" (the strangest of all being the mercurial Assange). A fascinating and informative book!
Daniel Domscheit-Berg met Julian Assange in December 2007. In short time, he became the Wikileaks spokesperson as well as a content manager. His account of the quick & controversial rise to power of Assange is very interesting. With important secret documents being posted on their website daily, Daniel writes candidly about moral dilemmas facing the WikiLeaks team. Their travels throughout Europe and their overwhelming workload creates stress that inevitably fractures their team.
"Reading a disgruntled insider’s take on the rise and fall of WikiLeaks is much like reading a 21st-century version of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. Both books feature a ragtag handful of insurgents, whose teamwork garners them initial success. And both portray a charismatic pig as the group’s leader, a figurehead who publicly denounces tyranny, even as he privately imposes it."
Reviewed by Colin Freeze
Globe & Mail Feb 19, 2011
Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks has acquired the screen rights to WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. The movie is being "conceived as an investigative thriller in the mold of All the President's Men."
Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief, Guardian News & Media, called the project "Woodward and Bernstein meets Stieg Larsson meets Jason Bourne. Plus the odd moment of sheer farce and, in Julian Assange, a compelling character who goes beyond what any Hollywood scriptwriter would dare to invent."
DreamWorks has also secured rights to Inside WikiLeaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Assange's former colleague. Deadline.com suggested that a "good template for what they are thinking is The Social Network, where Aaron Sorkin not only used the Ben Mezrich book The Accidental Billionaires as a resource, but gathered actual testimony from the lawsuits filed against Mark Zuckerberg that detailed the formation of Facebook and provided high drama. That allowed the film to be made without a rights deal from Zuckerberg."
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