Courage Is Contagious

Abby Zimet

The Pentagon is reportedly looking for Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing "media insurgency" Wikileaks and mastermind behind the Baghdad shooting "Collateral Murder" video. Officials fear the elusive Assange is about to publish a huge cache of classified State Department cables about the workings of Arab governments as well as U.S. intelligence efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Assange, who lives nowhere and runs Wikileaks with the help of hundreds of discreet, encrypted volunteers, has yet to surface. From The New Yorker, an in-depth look at what he does and how he does it.

"Every organization rests on a mountain of secrets," said Assange at a forum with Daniel Ellsberg on "drawing (the) dragons out of the cave." "We are just starting to take it on. It is inherently an anarchist act."


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