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  Need to Know, July 30, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Could the WikiLeaks be dangerous? 100 days after the start of the oil spill in the Gulf, we check in on an ailing community in Grand Isle. Plus a look back at the life of prison reform advocate David Lewis.



Jon Meacham speaks with military analyst and Need to Know contributor Joshua Foust about the eternal tension between transparency and security

  White House and WikiLeaks founder discuss release of records

Julian Assange, the elusive founder of WikiLeaks, defended his organization’s release of more than 91,000 confidential military documents on the war in Afghanistan.

The Wiki leak is more and less important than you think

Radical transparency sounds like a really great idea until you ponder the real consequences.

Readers: Help us sift through the WikiLeaks files on Afghanistan

Need to Know is inviting readers to help us in our investigation of the WikiLeaks documents and sort through the database for new details that we or other news organizations may have missed.


Secret reports posted by WikiLeaks paint grim portrait of Afghan war

Confidential military records obtained by the group WikiLeaks paint a more complex and, in many cases, bleaker portrait of the war in Afghanistan than U.S. officials have publicly maintained.



Private First Class Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old who allegedly provided the whistleblower site Wikileaks with footage documenting U.S. troops killing Iraqi civilians was charged Monday in Kuwait. Here’s what you need to know about the case, and about Wikileaks.

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