Which States? Which Secrets? Secrets from Whom?

From the journal of the World Policy Institute comes “The Big Question“ for its Fall issue on Secrecy and Security. I have maintained a research interest in the area of the anthropology of secrecy, and understandings of power in connection with secrecy in both anthropological theory and in the work of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks (more to come… Read More Which States? Which Secrets? Secrets from Whom?

Wikileaks and the Moral Dualism of the U.S. State Department

[This is the second in a series of three articles I am writing about Wikileaks. The first was “The Wikileaks Revolution” that led to a parallel article published in CounterPunch. The third one will focus on anthropology and secrecy. Before going any further, I must say that an article by a sociologist at the University… Read More Wikileaks and the Moral Dualism of the U.S. State Department

Wikileaks Roundup: Man of the Year, Assange the Swede, Blocked at Harvard, Telling the Truth

A short selection of Wikileaks-related articles from the past week or so that range from the amusing to the distressing: Who is more popular than Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and the Chilean miners combined? And leading in votes for TIME Magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year award, ahead of Lady Gaga, and Jon Stewart and… Read More Wikileaks Roundup: Man of the Year, Assange the Swede, Blocked at Harvard, Telling the Truth

Are You Afraid of the Digital Taleban?

In the latest in militainment news, Electronic Arts has bowed to pressure from military officials in the U.S. and UK–not that it wasn’t already predisposed to their sentiments–and to the overreaching complaints of family members of those who died killing Afghans, and removed mention of the Taleban from the upcoming release of “Medal of Honor.”… Read More Are You Afraid of the Digital Taleban?