I admire Wikileaks and Julian Assange for the work that they do. The trend in the past 10 years is for the government to know more and more about the people, and for the people to know less and less about the government, thanks to the ever increasing power of the surveillance/security state and the ever more blatant violations of basic constitutional rights. Wikileaks is a counter-force to that trend, and has revealed a great deal of wrong-doing, corruption, incompetence, and falsehoods on the part of our government and governments around the world.
This book is part biography of Julian Assange and part inside look at how Wikileaks has operated during the past 5 years. This book reveals the extent to which Assange’s personality quirks affect the successes and failures of Wikileaks. If that were all there were to it, I would give this book a low rating. But in fact Fowler does a good job of telling the story of Wikileaks’ exploits, and outlines at least the highlights of the revelations and impact of Wikileaks during the past few years.