WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may have been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the past three years, but the whistleblowing publication has continued to unearth secret cables which have caused huge controversy and embarrassment to the United States government.
A new book, the WikiLeaks Files, analyses some of the revelations unearthed among the 2.3 million diplomatic cables and other US State Department records so far published.
In a forward to the book, Assange – who is trying to avoid being extradited to Sweden to be questioned about a sex allegation because he fears being taken to the US – details the anatomy of the US empire. He describes how radio and satellite antennas “scrape the air” in scores of countries, disgorging diplomatic cables or “mass-intercepting” mobile phones. In one of the chapters, WikiLeaks investigations editor Sarah Harrison offers a guide to using the cables.