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WikiLeaks: A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Government's Response to the Disclosure of the War Logs

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In the summer of 2010 the media organization WikiLeaks began a massive disclosure campaign that would come to see the publication of nearly 500,000 secret and classified documents pertaining to the United States' wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. Following this series of unprecedented leaks, the U.S. Government responded to WikiLeaks by characterizing the organization as a "danger to national security." Through a discursive analysis of the U.S. Government's response to WikiLeaks during the cycle of the War Logs, this thesis attempts to describe the political implications of this aforementioned articulation, both in terms of what it may mean for WikiLeaks and other media organizations similar to it, as well as what such a characterization may indicate more generally about governing policies in an era of burgeoning transparency. The form of discourse analysis that is utilized in this thesis is primarily informed by Michel Foucault's "archeological" approach, as well as by critical rhetorical analysis.
subject
Foucault
War Logs
WikiLeaks
contributor
Juth, Eric (author)
Hyde, Michael J (committee chair)
Curley, John J (committee member)
Mitra, Ananda (committee member)
date
2011-09-08T08:36:03Z (accessioned)
2011 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
10000-01-01 (liftdate)
embargo
10000-01-01 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/36162 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
WikiLeaks: A Critical Analysis of the U.S. Government's Response to the Disclosure of the War Logs
type
Thesis

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