Thu, 26 Jan 2023, 19:00 – 20:30 (GMT)
Frontline Club 13 Norfolk Place London W2 1QJ
An uncovering of the terrifying depths of authoritarian power that hide behind the infamous story of WikiLeaks.
It is 2008, and Stefania Maurizi, an Italian investigative journalist with a growing interest in cryptography, starts looking into the little-known organisation WikiLeaks. Through hushed meetings, encrypted files and explosive documents, what she discovers sets her on a life-long journey that takes her deep into the realm of secret power
In 2009, she begins working with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for her newspaper. Among international journalists, she is the only one who has worked on the entirety of the WikiLeaks secret documents and the only one who has conducted a multi-jurisdictional litigation to defend the right of the press to access the full documentation on the WikiLeaks case.
She has just released her latest book “Secret Power. WikiLeaks and Its Enemies”. At the heart of it is the brutality of secret power and the unbearable price paid by Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and truthtellers.
‘I want to live in a society where secret power is accountable to the law and to public opinion for its atrocities, where it is the war criminals who go to jail, not those who have the conscience and courage to expose them.’
She will be interviewed by former Guardian journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Ewen MacAskill.