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By Slam Bones on 02-18-11
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, THIS BOOK IS SOUR GRAPES!
Mr. Domscheit-Berg sure does have some animosity toward Julian Assange! And, that is all this book is, sour grapes. This guy does not miss an opportunity to slight Mr. Assange, including critiquing his wardrobe (several times) ! Talk about a crybaby! I want my money back! Daniel Domscheit-Berg is a sniveling whiner, and manages to snivel and whine throughout the entire book. Second place is just the guy who lost first. This book has little to do with Wiki, and quite a bit to do with Domscheit-Berg's bad taste, poor timing and lack of physical endowment. Save your money, I wish I had.
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By Quin on 02-22-11
Initially, very briefly, a WikiLeak inside story seemed interesting. In order to save you the cost of the audiobook, here is my synopsis. The theme: imagine if the Heaven’s Gate cultists meet up at Jonestown, put on Darth Vader Costumes, and hold a Star Trek convention. To that degree, maybe, it is interesting that the driving force apparent for the author is primarily a cult of personality for its leader. The plot: 1) The greatest, most super duper, smartest, awe inspiring brilliant super being ever—ever—is Julian Assange, formerly known as super hacker “Mendax”. 2) The author drools his deepest, flamingest admiration for Mendax, I mean Assange. 3) Mendax fires the author from WikiLeaks, leaving him smitten and so mad. 4) The author pens this audiobook to expose Assange as a terrible person: 9 hours and 32 long minutes of vacuous whiney drivel. Rating: No Stars
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By Catharina Svenkerud on 03-21-18
Captivating, objective and well-written.
I decided to get this book after stumbling upon the movie The Fifth Estate recently. I did read about WikiLeaks and Assange himself back in the day, but never really spent a lot of time on it. Since the movie fascinated me, and we got to see more than one side of the story, I was immediately attracted to the book as well, especially since Assange seemed so critical towards it, claiming it was an attempt to make him look like the bad guy.
After finishing the book, I’m quite puzzled as to why. Yes, there is criticism, but there is also praise. Whether it’s all true, or some it are subjective views of what actually happened is something only the actual parties involved will know.
To me, it seemed like a fairly neutral depiction of one man’s life, lessons learned, friendships made (and lost), as well as doing something good; fighting for a good cause, while ensuring other people’s safety in the process.