Leaky Geopolitics: The Ruptures and Transgressions of WikiLeaks

Simon Springer*, Heather Chi, Jeremy Crampton, Fiona McConnell, Julie Cupples, Kevin Glynn, Barney Warf, Wes Attewell

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The unfurling of violent rhetoric and the show of force that has lead to the arrest, imprisonment, and impending extradition of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, serve as an exemplary moment in demonstrating state-sanctioned violence. Since the cables began leaking in November 2010, the violent reaction to WikiLeaks evidenced by numerous political pundits calling for Assange's assassination or execution, and the movement within the US to have WikiLeaks designated a 'foreign terrorist organization', amount to a profound showing of authoritarianism. The 'Wikigate' scandal thus represents an important occasion to take stock and think critically about what this case tells us about the nature of sovereign power, freedom of information, the limits of democracy, and importantly, the violence of the state when it attempts to manage these considerations. This forum explores a series of challenges inspired by WikiLeaks, which we hope will prompt further debate and reflection within critical geopolitics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-711
Number of pages31
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


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