Informit article: Coercive transparency?: Manne on Assange

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Perhaps it was inevitable in a culture of media and celebrity that the focus upon WikiLeaks would be replaced by a near obsession with its creator. Julian Assange has become a one-man Zeitgeist, a constellation of the issues and anxieties that govern contemporary life. The salacious mix of alleged sex crimes, international conspiracies, questions of extradition and the coercive power of the United States has elevated him to either revolutionary hero or new Bin Laden, depending on one’s politics. Assange has remained an enigma, his past largely unknown, his motives and politics a source of speculation. Meanwhile the focus on the ‘leaks’ themselves seems to have largely dried up and almost no one has noticed that WikiLeaks isn’t working anymore.

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