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13 January 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: War on WikiLeaks

John Pilger talks to Julian Assange | Vince Cable: “Keynes would be on our side” | Laurie Penny: the

By George Eaton


In this week’s New Statesman, we look at the war on WikiLeaks and hear from the founder of the whistleblowing site, Julian Assange. In an interview with John Pilger, Assange reveals that he holds “insurance files” on Rupert Murdoch and News Corp, argues that China, not the US, is the real “technological enemy”, and discusses the fate of Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking the US diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

Elsewhere, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, attempts to reclaim J M Keynes for the coalition and argues that the great economist would approve of the government’s deficit reduction plan.

Also this week, Mehdi Hasan says that Ed Miliband can’t afford to miss the open goals in front of him, David Blanchflower explains why austerity will never raise happiness and Alice Miles looks at how paranoia infected America.

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All this, plus Laurie Penny on the coalition’s “divorce tax”, interviews with Eric Hobsbawm and Antony Gormley, and Xan Rice on Sudan’s uncertain future.