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The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire


The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire

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    Wikileaks(Author) Julian Assange(Introduction)
WikiLeaks came to prominence in 2010 with the release of 251,287 top-secret State Department cables, which revealed to the world what the US government really thinks about national leaders, friendly dictators, and supposed allies. It brought to the surface the dark truths of crimes committed in our name: human rights violations, covert operations, and cover-ups. The WikiLeaks Files presents expert analysis on the most important cables and outlines their historical importance. In a series of chapters dedicated to the various regions of the world, the book explores the machinations of the United States as it imposes its agenda on other nations: a new form of imperialism founded on varied tactics from torture to military action, to trade deals and soft power, in the perpetual pursuit of expanding influence. It illustrates the close relationship between government and big business in promoting US trade. An introduction by Julian Assange writing on the subject for the first time exposes the ongoing debates about freedom of information, international surveillance, and justice. With contributions by Dan Beeton, Phyllis Bennis, Michael Busch, Peter Certo, Conn Hallinan, Sarah Harrison, Richard Heydarian, Dahr Jamail, Jake Johnston, Alexander Main, Robert Naiman, Francis Njubi Nesbitt, Linda Pearson, Gareth Porter, Tim Shorrock, Russ Wellen, and Stephen Zunes

“Reveals a profound hatred of democracy on the part of our political leadership.” – Noam Chomsky“Takes on a huge amount of data and delivers a thorough introduction to the narratives of U.S. policy that the cables reveal [and]… makes the information in the cables accessible to a wide audience of readers who may not otherwise have the time or background knowledge to search through the data themselves.” - Publishers Weekly“WikiLeaks is the absolute most important project on the globe.” – Jacob Appelbaum“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 Secretary of Defense, 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“A deep dive into what the cables reveal about America’s dealings with a variety of states. It will be left to other books to argue whether WikiLeaks is right or wrong in their mission and approach. This one gives solid context to the cables themselves, explaining what they mean to the wider world.” – Kirkus Reviews"Long after the debate over the publication of these cables has been forgotten, the documents themselves will remain a valuable archive for scholars and students of U.S. foreign policy. The essays that make up The WikiLeaks Files shed critical light on a once secret history." – Edward J. Snowden, July 2015"Provides accessible insight into nearly every major news topic of today" - Portland Press Herald"The whole weighty book is a missile aimed at breaking the plate glass of US diplomacy and revealing its motivations." Sydney Morning Herald

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  • By Matthew Kaye on 12 October 2015

    Truly scary. This book is an insightful, horrific look into what the governments of today's society deem acceptable, at least for their own actions. The book explains the individual cables in a broken down, understandable manner, and explains both the meanings and implications of them. The language is fairly advanced, so it may seem fairly impenetrable at times, but it's an advanced and specialist subject, so that really is unavoidable. A solid 5*, anybody with any interest in security and privacy should read this without fail. As should every citizen of the US. And everybody else in the world.

  • By colette woods on 2 November 2015

    I am in the middle of reading this. It is hard to put down once youhave started reading.

  • By Phil Sandland on 29 December 2015

    Hard going, but clear in exposing the criminal activities of the American empire

  • By Kendo57 on 9 December 2015

    Extremely well written by all authors. Eye-opening and jaw-dropping throughout. I would think it would be a must have for all social studies students.

  • By Richard Monk on 12 August 2017

    Progressively more depressing and painful to read as the malign intent and hypocrisy of US foreign policy is revealed. Fine writers pile-up irrefutable evidence of the cynical betrayal of the humanitarian principles which America claims as justification for its interventions whilst resolutely pursuing world -market domination. Badly lets down those Americans who toil endlessly in pursuit of Rule of Law ideals.

  • By L. X. Butcher on 15 October 2015

    A MUST read for all those who value democracy.

  • By humblePi on 18 July 2017

    An interesting and darkly disturbing read. As Pte Fraser says in Dad's Army, "We're dooooooooomed!!!"

  • By Daniel on 29 June 2017

    Great read

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