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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.

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 ]

The World From Berlin: 'The Principle of WikiLeaks Has Been Destroyed'

The World From Berlin: 'The Principle of WikiLeaks Has Been Destroyed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 02, 2011

The release of the complete archive of unredacted US State Department diplomatic cables has been condemned by WikiLeaks' previous media partners and has drawn strong criticism from editorialists at major German publications. Some accuse Julian Assange of abusing his power. more...


Leak at WikiLeaks: A Dispatch Disaster in Six Acts

Leak at WikiLeaks: A Dispatch Disaster in Six Acts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 01, 2011

Some 250,000 diplomatic dispatches from the US State Department have accidentally been made completely public. The files include the names of informants who now must fear for their lives. It is the result of a series of blunders by WikiLeaks and its supporters. By Christian Stöcker more...

Leak at WikiLeaks: Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources

Leak at WikiLeaks: Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2011

A WikiLeaks file containing the original leaked US State Department cables has inadvertently been released onto the Internet. The documents have not been edited to protect sources, meaning that the lives of informants could be at risk. more...


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...

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

Saudi Proposal: King Suggested Chips Could Be Implanted in Gitmo Inmates

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 26, 2011

WikiLeaks documents on Guantanamo and earlier diplomatic cables reveal the arbitrary treatment of prisoners at the infamous camp. They also underscore America's fears of not being able to properly monitor prisoners after their release. One cable obtained by SPIEGEL describes a suggestion by the Saudi king to implant electronic chips to monitor released inmates. more...