On Monday, The Guardian published “WIKILEAKS: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy.”
The content of the book infuriated the organization. WikiLeaks said on its Twitter page, “The Guardian book serialization contains malicious libels. We will be taking action.”
The Guardian and The New York Times were the two major English-language publications that received in advance compilations of major document dumps from WikiLeaks. Both subsequently incensed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
According to The Guardian, the book includes a detailed account of Assange’s fatherless childhood and unflattering aspects of his operation of WikiLeaks.
The book claims that Assange at one point refused to protect sources, telling journalists, “Well, they’re informants… So, if they get killed, they’ve got it coming to them. They deserve it.”
This attributed quote contradicts Assange, who previously claimed that The New York Times was asked by WikiLeaks to contact American officials for assistance in redacting names in the Afghan war documents, to no avail.
The Guardian also describes that “Assange was so nervous about the CIA that he disguised himself as an old woman in a wig to travel.”
One bombshell included is that WikiLeaks paid Holocaust denier Israel Shamir €2,000 to represent the organization in Russia.
WikiLeaks has accused The Guardian of ‘naming’ Bradley Manning in the book as the source of the organization’s massive collection of classified cables.
On January 30, WikiLeaks wrote on Twitter, “Guardian names Manning as source… The slimiest media organization in the UK.”