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The War in the Soldiers' Own Words

From 2004 to 2009, the chaos in Iraq deteriorated to the point that executions, street battles and brutal attacks became a part of everyday life. The US military logs published by WikiLeaks provided a new view of the war: that of the soldiers fighting it.

The World from Berlin: Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

The World from Berlin: Assange Case Exposes 'International Hypocrisy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

A 'Fundamental Human Right': Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

A 'Fundamental Human Right': Ecuador Grants Assange Political Asylum

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

Whistleblower in Court: US Determined to Punish Bradley Manning

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

Traitor or Whistleblower? The Divided Life of Bradley Manning

Traitor or Whistleblower? The Divided Life of Bradley Manning

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2011

Chat transcripts by Bradley Manning, the alleged source of secret US government documents for WikiLeaks, will be used as evidence in his military trial. They reveal a conflicted and lonely young soldier who felt strongly about revealing "almost criminal" behavior. He's spent 14 months in jail, but there is still no date for his trial. By Marcel Rosenbach more...

New Book from Assange's Deputy: The Difficult Partnership of WikiLeaks' Leadership Duo

New Book from Assange's Deputy: The Difficult Partnership of WikiLeaks' Leadership Duo

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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... Comment ]

The Cable Guy: Julian Assange Becomes US's Public Enemy No. 1

The Cable Guy: Julian Assange Becomes US's Public Enemy No. 1

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 07, 2010

He may be on the short list for Time magazine's "person of the year," but many Americans consider Julian Assange to be a criminal and a terrorist. The WikiLeaks founder has been fighting a battle on several fronts since the publication of the diplomatic cables. He has now been arrested in London. By Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

WikiLeaks FAQ: What Do the Diplomatic Cables Really Tell Us?

WikiLeaks FAQ: What Do the Diplomatic Cables Really Tell Us?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - 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...

The World From Berlin: 'War Logs Highlight US Failure to Probe War Crimes in Iraq'

The World From Berlin: 'War Logs Highlight US Failure to Probe War Crimes in Iraq'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2010

The Iraq logs published by WikiLeaks convey the brutal reality of a war that claimed over 100,000 lives and traumatized a generation of Iraqi civilians. They also raise fresh questions over why the US justice system has done so little to probe war crimes committed during the conflict, write German commentators. more...

A 'Dumb War': Taking Stock of the Iraq Invasion

A 'Dumb War': Taking Stock of the Iraq Invasion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2010

With its invasion of Iraq, the United States rid the Iraqi people of a tyrant. But it also broke the law and destroyed tens of thousands of lives. With the release of close to 400,000 Iraq logs by WikiLeaks and the coming publication of George W. Bush's memoir, it is time to take stock of a war that was catastrophic for Iraq and America's standing in the world. By Alexander Smoltczyk and Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The WikiLeaks Iraq Logs: A Protocol of Barbarity

The WikiLeaks Iraq Logs: A Protocol of Barbarity

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2010

The online whistleblower platform WikiLeaks is posting close to 400,000 US military reports from the Iraq war on the Web. The logs show in detail how brutally the war was waged and the helplessness with which the United States acted. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]