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Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War, and American Diplomacy

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The controversial anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks made headlines around the world when it released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents in 2010. Allowed advance access, The New York Times sorted, searched, and analyzed these secret archives, placed them in context, and played a crucial role in breaking the WikiLeaks story.

Open Secrets is the essential collection of the Times’s expert reporting and analysis, as well as the definitive chronicle of the...

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Overview

The controversial anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks made headlines around the world when it released hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents in 2010. Allowed advance access, The New York Times sorted, searched, and analyzed these secret archives, placed them in context, and played a crucial role in breaking the WikiLeaks story.

Open Secrets is the essential collection of the Times’s expert reporting and analysis, as well as the definitive chronicle of the documents’ release and the controversy that ensued. An introduction by Times executive editor, Bill Keller, details the paper’s cloak-and-dagger relationship with a difficult source. Extended profiles of Assange and Bradley Manning, the Army private suspected of being his source, offer keen insight into the main players. Collected news stories offer a broad and deep view into Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the messy challenges facing American power in Europe, Russia, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Also included are editorials by the Times, opinion columns by Frank Rich, Maureen Dowd, and others, and original essays on what the fracas has revealed about American diplomacy and government security. Open Secrets also contains a fascinating selection of original cables and war logs, offering an unvarnished look at diplomacy in action.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Thoughtful analysis of one of the largest leaks of classified information in history—how it happened, what the secret documents say and what it all means. … The New York Times brings welcome order to the chaos of the hundreds of thousands U.S. government documents released last year … An important book that gives coherence to a massive data dump.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802145765
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 523
  • Sales rank: 968,322
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Star is the senior editor of The New York Times Book Review.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction

The Boy Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest 3

Part 2 Background

Who is Julian Assange? 25

Who is Bradley Manning? 45

Part 3 State's Secrets

Overview 53

What the Cables Told Us 62

Reaction 204

Part 4 The War Logs

Overviews 247

What the War Logs Told Us 252

Reaction 320

Part 5 Aftermath

How Our Diplomats Think 331

Can the Government Keep a Secret? 337

Part 6 Opinions

Introduction 345

Editorials 347

Op-Ed Columns and Articles 355

Other Views 402

Diplomatic Cables 417

War Logs 505

Glossary 519

Notes on Contributors 521

Acknowledgements 525

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