Spilling Secrets: Wikileaks and The Guardian

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison talks about the troubled relationship between The Guardian and Wikileaks. Her article “The Man Who Spilled the Secrets” gives an account of the five months of stops and starts and all the machinations with Julian Assange and his lawyers at The Guardian’s London offices, which led to the publication of WikiLeaks’ cache of diplomatic cables on November 29. “The Man Who Spilled the Secrets” appears in the February issue of Vanity Fair.


Sarah Ellison

Comments [9]

Winston Smith from Park Slope

I watched "Freedom Downtime" on Google Video last night--doc about the persecution of hacker Kevin Mitnick who was held in maximum security solitary confinement for years without charge or trial in the 90s, as well as the stories of several other hackers who were ensnared by law enforcement. The takeaway is that the government irrationally fears people they think will embarrass them, and that revenge through violation of constitutional and civil rights, and attempts to "make examples" are their only remedies.

Jan. 11 2011 02:03 PM
dboy from nyc

... oh, and that bedroom voice???

Jan. 11 2011 02:01 PM
dboy from nyc

... I just wish that the released data were more significant than the simple act of Assange releasing the information and the consequences.

I like the idea... but really???

This one has really become a cult of boring personality.

Typical Vanity Fair fashion "journalism"...

Jan. 11 2011 01:59 PM
Elysia from Connecticut

Apologies for being OT, but please please roll off the compression on her mic. It's painful to listen to with all the mouth noises.

Jan. 11 2011 01:57 PM
Gary from Port Washington NY

Julian Assange is a Megalomaniac and a total controlling egomanic. Where does he get off deciding what should be made public. He is one of the most irresponsible men alive. I can hardly wait until he is brought to trial in Sweden. I also hope the US government charges Bradley Manning with teason, and if and when they find him guilt, they excute him. In the past there were responsible new organizations that vetted what they released. Assange is an irresponsible arachist who does not care who he hurts. Let's hope our legal system punished him to the fullest extent of the law.

Jan. 11 2011 01:56 PM
Johann from New Jersey

If you'd like to find out about Wikileaks and Julian Assange this interview is the wrong place to start. Look on the Web for interviews in which Assange himself answers the questions this interview pertains to address. Found this current interview somewhat shallow and not up to the usual standards of this show.

Jan. 11 2011 01:52 PM
office from Office

The guest finds all of this sooo sexy. How romantic, the loss of American security.

Also, the Apache video was intentionally edited to make it seem worse.

Intellectual elites, laughing while drinking white wine.

Jan. 11 2011 01:37 PM
David from NYC

Only a tiny fraction of the 250,000 cables have actually been leaked so far. Less than 3,000 I think.

Jan. 11 2011 01:25 PM
Hugh Sansom

What a coincidence...

Counterpunch has an essay today by Israel Shamir on The Guardian's censorship of the Wikileaks releases:

Jan. 11 2011 12:12 PM

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