This Machine Kills Secrets by Andy Greenberg
How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information

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At last, the first full account of the cypherpunks who aim to free the world’s institutional secrets, by Forbes journalist Andy Greenberg who has traced their shadowy history from the cryptography revolution of the 1970s to Wikileaks founding hacker Julian Assange, Anonymous, and beyond.

WikiLeaks brought to light a new form of whistleblowing, using powerful cryptographic code to hide leakers’ identities while they spill the private data of government agencies and corporations. But that technology has been evolving for decades in the hands of hackers and radical activists, from the libertarian enclaves of Northern California to Berlin to the Balkans. And the secret-killing machine continues to evolve beyond WikiLeaks, as a movement of hacktivists aims to obliterate the world’s institutional secrecy.

This is the story of the code and the characters—idealists, anarchists, extremists—who are transforming the next generation’s notion of what activism can be.

With unrivaled access to such major players as Julian Assange, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and WikiLeaks’ shadowy engineer known as the Architect, never before interviewed, reporter Andy Greenberg unveils the world of politically-motivated hackers—who they are and how they operate.
 

About Andy Greenberg

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ANDY GREENBERG is a staff writer for Forbes magazine, focusing on technology. He lives in New York City. His story on Julian Assange, based on one of only two extensive interviews Assange had given at the time, was on the cover of Forbes in the summer of 2010.
 
Published September 13, 2012 by Plume. 385 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Evgeny Morozov on Oct 12 2012

Alas, as the book unfolds, reportage seems to all but displace analysis...

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Reviewed by Logan Lo on Sep 13 2012

While the book manages to grab you with its deft opening comparison between Dr. Daniel Ellsberg of the Pentagon Papers and Bradley Manning of WikiLeaks... narration loses steam as does the reader’s attention under the weight of subsequent minutiae.

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