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?

An Open Letter to the Media on the “Irony” of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

The supposed “irony” of whistle-blower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela has become a media meme. Numerous articles, op-eds, reports and editorials in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC have hammered on this idea since the news first broke… Read More An Open Letter to the Media on the “Irony” of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador

Bradley Manning: The U.S. on Trial for War Crimes

The following statement by Julian Assange was first posted on the WikiLeaks website. In addition to this, please see the Bradley Manning Trial FAQ, the “Opening statements on Bradley Manning’s intentions: trial report, day 1” on the Bradley Manning support Network website, and “Bradley Manning’s personal statement to court martial: full text.” Assange Statement on the… Read More Bradley Manning: The U.S. on Trial for War Crimes

Journalist, Hacker, Spy, Racketeer

What if Wikileaks, from the start, had announced itself as an anonymous group of hackers whose work aimed at producing an open access archive of leaked, stolen, and otherwise illegally obtained and illegally reproduced documents? Chances are that in a conflict with the U.S. or any other government, Wikileaks’ activists would have found themselves in… Read More Journalist, Hacker, Spy, Racketeer