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The Update – Wikileaks and the whistleblowers

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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Today, AirTalk kicks off a new series, cleverly titled: The Update. Much of the time media outlets focus on the latest analysis and the news of the day. But where does a story go when it falls off the front page? We aim to find out. Today, we catch you up on all things Wikileaks. It was a story that dominated headlines for weeks on end in 2010 and earlier this year. A young American soldier, Private Bradley Manning, leaked hundreds of thousands of top secret government documents -- including diplomatic cables, war logs and even military video from Iraq -- to an anonymous activist group who in turn leaked it to top news organizations. Manning and Wikileaks' contentious front-man Julian Assange, were deemed the most notorious whistleblowers on the planet. The leaks shook diplomatic relations around the world. Then in a bizarre turn, Assange was arrested for a sexual assault allegation stemming from Sweden. What’s the latest on Assange's legal troubles? Private Manning has been incarcerated for more than a year. How’s he faring? When will his trial proceed? Where is public sentiment today? Is Wikileaks dead? Or might there be more fall out in the future?


David Leigh, The Guardian's investigations executive editor; Co-author, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy; Leigh worked closely with Julian Assange in releasing Wikileaks content