- October 30, 2012
German intelligence and special forces were instrumental in the recent arrest of Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Rahman. Ever since he hijacked two NATO tanker trucks in 2009, he has been a top priority for Berlin. Now, the government is even considering having him extradited to face justice in Germany. By Matthias Gebauer, Gordon Repinski, Christoph Reuter and Holger Stark more... [ Forum ]
- August 17, 2012
Ecuador may have granted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange asylum, but it seems unlikely that he will ever make it to the South American country. More to the point, say German commentators, is the fact that both Ecuador and Britain have granted Assange an even larger soap box. more...
- August 16, 2012
Ecuador on Thursday said it would grant political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the country's embassy in London for weeks now. Britain says it still intends to extradite the whistleblower to Sweden, where he faces questioning over allegations of sexual offenses. more... [ Forum ]
- December 15, 2011
For some, Bradley Manning is a hero. Others feel that the US soldier, who is accused of providing secret documents to WikiLeaks, is a traitor and a threat to American security. The military proceedings against him, which begin Friday, are likely to end in a guilty verdict. By Marcel Rosenbach and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... [ Forum ]
- December 02, 2011
Officially, NATO troops in Afghanistan are making progress in the fight against the Taliban and will be able to hand over security responsibilities to Kabul as planned in 2014. Unofficially, according to secret US and German documents revealed in a German daily, military leaders fear civil war once they depart. more...
- October 07, 2011
A top German general who was instrumental in planning the Bundeswehr's mission in Afghanistan has said that the intervention has failed and the Taliban will regain power within months of withdrawal. Ten years after the invasion, he is far from alone with his critique. more...
- June 07, 2011
The situation is in northern Afghanistan is deteriorating. Bomb attacks against German soldiers are increasing in frequency and force, and local ambivalence has turned into hate. The risk for Bundeswehr troops deployed in the country has increased as has the number killed. By Matthias Gebauer, Susanne Koelbl and Christoph Reuter more... [ Forum ]
- February 10, 2011
The release of a new book by former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg marks the end of a friendship with Julian Assange. But the book lacks the kind of analysis of WikiLeaks' influence on politics that one might have hoped for. It often feels more like the story of a spurned lover than an important historical account. By Michael Sontheimer more... [ Forum ]
- January 12, 2011
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet is confident that improvements are just around the corner in Afghanistan. The government in Berlin agreed on an extension of the mandate authorizing its presence in the war-torn country by one year on Wednesday -- and hope was in no short supply. more...
- November 28, 2010
A SPIEGEL ONLINE FAQ explains the origins of the diplomatic cables, their level of classification, the information they do and do not provide, and how to interprete the codes in the individual reports. more...