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Behind Closed Doors

It is the largest leak in diplomatic history: More than 250,000 cables from US embassies around the world were made public by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The secret cables offer blunt assessments of world leaders and a behind-the-scenes look at how the US wields its influence.

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

Germany's Choice: Will It Be America or Russia?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2014

For decades, Germany's position in the West remained unquestioned. Following the NSA spying and other political scandals, many Germans want greater independence from the US. But does that mean getting closer to Moscow? By Markus Feldenkirchen, Christiane Hoffmann and René Pfister more... Comment ]

The Manning Verdict: Obama's Defining Injustice

The Manning Verdict: Obama's Defining Injustice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 05, 2013

By using the Espionage Act to punish Bradley Manning, the Obama administration has shown how far it will go to intimidate leakers. His sentencing is a stain on the president's legacy and on America's global reputation. A Commentary By Hans Hoyng more... Comment ]

US Shows No Mercy: Bradley Manning Convicted

US Shows No Mercy: Bradley Manning Convicted

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 31, 2013

A US military court acquitted Bradley Manning of the worst charge against him, but he isn't out of the woods yet. By Sebastian Fischer in Fort Meade, Maryland more... Comment ]

Diplomatie auf Twitter: Israel eröffnet virtuelle Botschaft für Golfstaaten

Diplomatie auf Twitter: Israel eröffnet virtuelle Botschaft für Golfstaaten

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 24, 2013

Offiziell herrscht diplomatische Eiszeit zwischen Israel und den Golfstaaten - inoffiziell bestehen seit Jahren wirtschaftliche Beziehungen. Nun will Israel mit den Golf-Arabern über Twitter in Kontakt treten. Die Reaktionen sind gemischt. Von Theresa Breuer mehr... Forum ]

US-Depeschen aus den siebziger Jahren: Schmidts Schilddrüse, Honeckers Telegramm

US-Depeschen aus den siebziger Jahren: Schmidts Schilddrüse, Honeckers Telegramm

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2013

WikiLeaks hat US-Botschaftsdepeschen veröffentlicht, die einen Blick auf deutsche Politiker in den siebziger Jahren erlauben. Von Brandts Ostpolitik über Honeckers gescheiterte Kontaktversuche bis zu Schmidts Tabakkonsum - die USA waren stets informiert. Von Sebastian Fischer, Washington mehr...

Taxing Transparency: Hamburg Authority Deals Blow to WikiLeaks

Taxing Transparency: Hamburg Authority Deals Blow to WikiLeaks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2012

The tax authority in the city-state of Hamburg is suddenly playing an important role in determining the future of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. By revoking the tax-exempt status of the site's main financial supporter in Germany for the 2010 calendar year, the authority could place a further strain on the organization's future. By Marcel Rosenbach and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

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 ]

Hackers Against Neo-Nazis: Anonymous Takes on Germany's Far-Right

Hackers Against Neo-Nazis: Anonymous Takes on Germany's Far-Right

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2012

The loose-knit hacker collective Anonymous has a new target in its sights: Germany's far-right scene. The group has launched a new WikiLeaks-style website publishing confidential data obtained from the far-right NPD party and other extremist groups. It's all part of an ongoing war on neo-Nazis that the group has dubbed Operation Blitzkrieg. 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 ]