WikiLeaks, the National Security State, and War

WikiLeaks' journalism presented the world with a database of conflict, occasioning all sorts of contradictions and questions. While an exclusive focus on WikiLeaks is not one of my long-term interests, the multiple stories stemming from its releases do relate significantly to my core concerns with empire, the state, the media, and political activism. You will also find here articles dealing with the Human Terrain System (HTS), as revealed in WikiLeaks' data–these are not repeated in the section dealing with militarism and related HTS articles.

2016. “101 Things We Learned from WikiLeaks’ Podesta Emails.” Zero Anthropology, November 8.

2015. “On Secrecy, Power, and the Imperial State: Perspectives from WikiLeaks and Anthropology.” In Maximilian C. Forte (Ed.), Force Multipliers: The Instrumentalities of Imperialism (pp. 187-221). Montreal, QC: Alert Press.

2014. “Surveillance, Dissent, and Imperialism.” Zero Anthropology, March 1.

2013. “Which States? Which Secrets? Secrets from Whom?Zero Anthropology, September 19.

2013. “Bradley Manning and the Meaning of Bravery.” Zero Anthropology, July 30.

2011. “Al Jazeera and U.S. Foreign Policy: What WikiLeaks' U.S. Embassy Cables Reveal about U.S. Pressure and Propaganda.” Monthly Review (MRzine), September 22.

2011. “Reading Wikileaked Cables about Qatar and Al Jazeera.” Monthly Review (MRzine), September 15.

2011. “The Ongoing Reinvention of Wikileaks: Media, Power, and Shifting the Shape of Dissent.” Included as a chapter in the publication in Arabic of a book, WikiLeaks, Media and Politics: Between the Virtual and the Real, by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.

2011. “The Clinton doctrine: US reaction to events unfolding in the Arab world reveals the emergence of more insidious approach.” Al Jazeera English, February 22.

2011. مصر والإمبراطورية الأميركية ("Egypt and the American Empire"). Al Jazeera Arabic, February 16.

2011. “What Do We Learn about the U.S. and Egypt from the Diplomatic Cables?” Previously unpublished. February 12.

2011. “The Excuse is Wikileaks. The Object is Freedom of Speech. The Subject is Authoritarianism.” Zero Anthropology, January 8.

2010. “Anthropology, Secrecy, and Wikileaks.” Zero Anthropology, December 24.

2010. “Wikileaks and the Moral Dualism of the U.S. State Department.” Zero Anthropology, December 18.

2010. “Notes From the Insurrection: The Wikileaks Revolution.” CounterPunch, December 14.

2010. “The Wikileaks Revolution.” Zero Anthropology, December 10.

2010. “Iraq after Wikileaks: Truth without Justice and Power without Law.” Previously unpublished. December 1.

2010. “Torturing the Whistle Blowers: The Case of Vance and Ertel in Iraq, Substantiated by Wikileaks’ Iraq War Logs.” Zero Anthropology, November 5. (Article advertised by Wikileaks)

2010. الهجوم على ويكيليكس.. هل من مخرج؟ ("Attacks on Wikileaks: Is There a Way Out?"). Al Jazeera Arabic, September 17.

2010. “Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon: A War on Wikileaks?CounterPunch, August 11.
(also republished on Mathaba—also translated into Spanish, appearing on Spain’s Rebelión, “¿Guerra contra Wikileaks? Desquiciados en el Departamento de Estado y el Pentágono;” and the latter became the basis for this article in the Venezuelan newspaper, Correo del Orinoco, “EEUU amenaza a los soldados que busquen consultar los documentos – El Pentágono pretende callar a Wikileaks.”)

2010. نواقص في تسريبات ويكيليكس ("Deficiencies in the Wikileaks"). Al Jazeera Arabic, August 8.

2010. August 2: “Reason for Celebration, Cause for Concern: The Wikileaks Afghan War Diary.” CounterPunch, August 2.
(reprinted by Alternet as “7 Reasons Why We Should Celebrate Wikileaks, and 8 Reasons It’s Not the Panacea Some Are Calling It.”)

2010. “Continued: Debating the Pros and Cons of Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary.” Zero Anthropology, August 2.

2010. “Revealing the Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary.” Zero Anthropology, August 1.

2010. “Human Terrain System in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Searching for Evidence of the Positive.” Zero Anthropology, July 31.

2010. “Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Problems to Note, More to Come on Human Terrain Teams.” Zero Anthropology, July 28.

2010. “Human Terrain Teams in Wikileaks’ Afghan War Diary: Raw Data.” Zero Anthropology, July 27.

2010. “Collateral Murder: U.S. Soldiers Killing Civilians in Cold Blood.” Zero Anthropology, April 5.

About Maximilian Forte

Anthropologist focusing on imperialism, neoliberalism, militarization, "humanitarian intervention," decolonization, Indigenous movements, and other topics in Political Anthropology. In addition, he teaches courses on visual anthropology, media ethnographies, and cultural imperialism. He is a full Professor in the Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. Please direct comments and inquiries to