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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.

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...

Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Protests Grow of Bradley Manning's Treatment in Detention

Cruel and Unusual Punishment? Protests Grow of Bradley Manning's Treatment in Detention

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 15, 2011

The conditions under which presumed WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning are being held have been tightened again. Even US politicians believe they're illegal. In the latest development, a key State Department official has resigned over critical remarks he made about Manning's detainment. By SPIEGEL Staff more...

The Bradley Manning Campaign: 'I Have Watched My Friend Degrade over Time'

The Bradley Manning Campaign: 'I Have Watched My Friend Degrade over Time'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2011

David House, 23, is an IT expert from Boston who works for the Bradley Manning Support Network, which is campaigning on behalf of the alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, House speaks about the charges against Manning, the harsh conditions under which he is being held and the possibility that he could face the death penalty. more...

New WikiLeaks Revelations: Bad Blood between German and French Executives at EADS

New WikiLeaks Revelations: Bad Blood between German and French Executives at EADS

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2011

The Brits are "schizophrenic," the French CEO was an "over-ambitious maniac" and leadership changes were like "musical chairs in the boardroom." Newly uncovered diplomatic cables obtained from whistleblower WikiLeaks illustrate the tension between aerospace giant EADS' European partners. By David Böcking more... Comment ]

WikiLeaks Founder in Court: Assange Set to Appeal Extradition Ruling

WikiLeaks Founder in Court: Assange Set to Appeal Extradition Ruling

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 24, 2011

A court in London ruled on Thursday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be extradited to Sweden to face accusations of sexual molestation there. But with appeals looming, it could be months before he leaves Britain. By Carsten Volkery in London more... Comment ]

Star Lawyer Alan Dershowitz: 'Assange Is a New Kind of Journalist'

Star Lawyer Alan Dershowitz: 'Assange Is a New Kind of Journalist'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 22, 2011

Alan Dershowitz has recently become part of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team. He spoke with SPIEGEL about what the First Amendment has to say about WikiLeaks and the legal implications of social media's role in the Arab uprisings. more...

Carnival of the Obscene: Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous

Carnival of the Obscene: Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2011

Now that the WikiLeaks wave has subsided, the fight for Internet freedom is entering a new phase. Investigators are zeroing in on activists belonging to the group Anonymous, a loose organization which launched attacks on websites which crossed WikiLeaks. But who are they? And what can they be charged with? By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]