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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:08 AM

 

Julian Assange Book, 'Cypherpunks,' Skirts Mainstream On Its Way To Market

Source: Huffington Post

Julian Assange is wasting little time while shut inside Ecuador's embassy in London. The WikiLeaks founder has recently released a book called Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet. The book consists chiefly of the transcript of a conversation between Assange and three others. In a nod to openness, he has chosen not to offer the ebook version on Amazon. Instead, the book is being sold exclusively on reKiosk, a self-described uncensored portal.

In a way, reKiosk is a perfect fit for Assange. The site operates like an open-source version of Amazon. "If amazon.com is like a Walmart, reKiosk is like a covered bazaar," reads a statement on the site, which notes that it's comprised of "a network of user-curated digital storefronts where anyone can sell music, books, and other digital files, of their own designs or of someone else's."

Assange's book, which was released in late November, explores the Internet's possibilities both to expose or enforce corruption, as a tool for more open communication and for government surveillance. In an excerpt posted on Salon, Assange argues "we now have increased communication versus increased surveillance."

Assange would know. He has been holed up at the embassy for months in an attempt to avoid questioning on allegations involving sexual assaults in Sweden. Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in August. But law enforcement authorities say he will be arrested if he tries to leave the embassy. Assange fears that if he does leave the embassy, he risks being brought to the U.S to face espionage charges.

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Welcome_hubby Dec 2012 OP
Comrade_McKenzie Dec 2012 #1
George II Dec 2012 #2
starroute Dec 2012 #3
randome Dec 2012 #4
George II Dec 2012 #7
wildbilln864 Dec 2012 #5
KoKo Dec 2012 #6
Luminous Animal Dec 2012 #8

Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 08:42 AM

1. Don't plan on reading this, but reKiosk sounds interesting as hell...

 

Gotta check that out.

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:47 AM

2. Figures. From what we see he's been skirting things, including accountability, for years now.

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:41 AM

3. He's not trying to avoid questioning

He's perfectly willing to answer any questions the Swedish authorities want to ask him -- in London.

What he's trying to avoid is being sent to Sweden, held incommunicado (as recently happened to one of the founders of The Pirate Bay), and extradited to the US.

Anyone who thinks his fears are misplaced should check out both Karl Rove's influence with the Swedish government and Bradley Manning's belief that he was tortured to get him to implicate Assange.

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Response to starroute (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:45 AM

4. And if they want to arrest him for a crime in Sweden? Guess they're just out of luck, eh?

He can't be interviewed in 'London'. He's wanted for skipping bail. He can't be arrested on Ecuadorian soil, either.

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Response to starroute (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 05:36 PM

7. Too bad McAffee's try at the "Assange Defense" was rejected by Guatemala

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:17 AM

5. k & r! nt

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 01:11 PM

6. Kick...sounds interesting the way it's being sold.

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Response to Welcome_hubby (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 06:12 PM

8. Actually, you can buy the paper version here (also sells the ebook, too):

http://www.orbooks.com/

The price is listed in pounds but when I checked out, the price was $16 U.S. plus shipping. Since they also ship from locations in the U.S., the shipping is reasonable.

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