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Secret Power: WikiLeaks and its Enemies / Stefania Maurizi

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Secret power is not a conspiracy theory. I absolutely avoided to mention the “deep state” which has become a sort of conspiracy word you can put on all sorts of entities. It has been completely hijacked by the far right conspiracy theorists. I use “Secret Power” basically to refer to the military industrial complex, which is not a conspiratorial entity. I stress how secrecy is abused, and how these military industrial complexes use secrecy not to protect the security of citizens, but rather to protect state criminality at the highest level…this secrecy is highly abused. If you look at the WikiLeaks revelations, all of these revelations are not about military secrets about protecting citizens from terrorist attacks and so on, these are about state crimes.

Stefania Maurizi is an investigative journalist currently contributing to the major Italian daily Il Fatto Quotidiano after working for the last 14 years for la Repubblica, consistently rated among the top two Italian newspapers, and for the italian newsmagezine l’Espresso. She has worked with Julian Assange and his organization WikiLeaks since 2009, teaming up with large teams of international media to cover and investigate all of WikiLeaks' secret documents.

Stefania speaks with host Chuck Mertz about her book "Secret Power: WikiLeaks and Its Enemies" recently published by Pluto Press.

Image: Alisdare Hickson, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia Commons


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Stefania Maurizi

Stefania Maurizi is a journalist working for l'Espresso.


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