I read this book due to my interest in the website WikiLeaks. Being an IT professional I thought this would be a great way for me to get a little backstory on a website that is the center of news attention. The basis for the movie The Fifth Estate starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange written by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman of WikiLeaks and co-founder.
The first thing I noticed about the author is he seems like kind of a loaner. He seems to just follow Julian Assange and do whatever he says for the most part. From the way the book is written it does seem like Julian Assange is type of person that likes to have a group of people around him that does what he says.
Remember when reading this book this is written by Daniel Domscheit-Berg who was a very important person at Wikileaks but also someone who quit the company due to bad terms. Not taking anything away from Daniel Domscheit-Berg he was very unbiased in the book and did very little bashing of Julian Assange.
Since Daniel Domscheit-Berg is an IT professional himself before joining Wikileaks he really gives you an in-depth look at the infrastructure behind Wikileaks and the steps they do to keep their data safe and there leaks confidential.
One thing great about this book is you learn the history of Wikileaks how it was founded and how it went from a small website to a huge media infrastructure both on technology end and on reporting leaks end.
Overall I think this was a great book I enjoy any history as long as it’s well written. This book really takes you inside the company and their operation. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. The reason for 4 stars is because the book is a bit dated and I am sure some of the information on the technology infrastructure Wikileaks uses is not accurate anymore but the history still is accurate.