When WikiLeaks first came to prominence in 2010, releasing millions of top secret State Department cables, the world saw for the first time what the US really thought about national leaders, friendly dictators, and supposed allies. It also discovered the dark truths of national policies, human rights violations, covert operations, and cover-ups done in your name. The WikiLeaks Files is the first volume that uses experts to collate and analyze the most important cables and show their historic importance. Regional expert contributors include Tim Shorrock, Richard Heydarian, Russ Wellen, Conn Hallinan and Gareth Porter.
"From government to big business, if you have a dirty secret, WikiLeaks is your nightmare." Guardian "I've heard the impact of these releases on our foreign policy described as a meltdown, as a game-changer and so on ... Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes." Bob Gates, US Defence Sectretary, 2010 "The guy ought to be ... and I'm not for the death penalty, so if I'm not for the death penalty, there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch." Bob Beckel, Fox News Business
JULIAN ASSANGE has been the Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks since 2006. Since 2010 when the website published thousands of US military and diplomatic documents, he has been under investigation by the United States. That year he was called a "criminal" and a "terrorist" by some politicans, but also won the Sam Adams Award, was named Person of the Year by Le Monde's readers' and received the Time Readers' Award. In 2011 he accepted the Sydney Peace Foundation Gold Medal for Peace, the Martha Gelhorn Prize for Journalism, the Walkley Award for most outstanding contribution to journalism, and the Amnesty International UK Media Award. Since June 2012 he has been seeking political asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy, London.