Is the Guardian predicting WikiLeaks’ demise?

Yesterday a commenter on this blog noticed that the British version of Amazon.com was offering pre-orders of an as-yet-unavailable book called The End of Secrecy: The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks. The author? According to the website, it’s the Guardian, the newspaper that collaborated with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on the release of its last several ...

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Yesterday a commenter on this blog noticed that the British version of Amazon.com was offering pre-orders of an as-yet-unavailable book called The End of Secrecy: The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks. The author? According to the website, it's the Guardian, the newspaper that collaborated with WikiLeaks' Julian Assange on the release of its last several batches of U.S. government cables, until the relationship soured in November.

No word on whether this is an actual book or a semi-clever prank -- I contacted the Guardian's press shop to ask about the book yesterday and today, but never heard back. I see that the listing for the title has disappeared from the site as of this morning, though for the time being it still appears on the U.S. Amazon site and those of other bookstores. In any case, here's what was on the since-vanished British Amazon page:

Yesterday a commenter on this blog noticed that the British version of Amazon.com was offering pre-orders of an as-yet-unavailable book called The End of Secrecy: The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks. The author? According to the website, it’s the Guardian, the newspaper that collaborated with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on the release of its last several batches of U.S. government cables, until the relationship soured in November.

No word on whether this is an actual book or a semi-clever prank — I contacted the Guardian‘s press shop to ask about the book yesterday and today, but never heard back. I see that the listing for the title has disappeared from the site as of this morning, though for the time being it still appears on the U.S. Amazon site and those of other bookstores. In any case, here’s what was on the since-vanished British Amazon page:

(A screen-grab of the whole page is here.) Publishers have long lead times, so it’s not terribly unusual that the book (if it’s the real deal) would be at least tentatively listed before the story it’s detailing has run its course. Still, the choice of title is a mite presumptuous.

Charles Homans is a special correspondent for the New Republic and the former features editor of Foreign Policy.

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