The extraordinary twists and turns of WikiLeaks have been closely followed by the Guardian newspaper ever since the website launched in 2006, and Guardian journalists have had unprecedented access to all the major players, from angry and embarrassed politicians and diplomats to the extraordinary figure of Julian Assange himself. Here they reveal the many strands—legal, ethical, security related—of a story that continues to dominate world headlines.
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It was the biggest leak in history. WikiLeaks infuriated the world's greatest superpower, embarrassed the British royal family and helped cause a revolution in Africa. The man behind it was Julian Assange, one of the strangest figures ever to become a worldwide celebrity. Was he an internet messiah or a cyber-terrorist? Information freedom fighter or sex criminal? The debate would echo around the globe as US politicians called for his assassination.
Most companies do a thorough job of financial due diligence when they acquire other companies. But all too often, dealmakers simply ignore or underestimate the significance of people issues in mergers and acquisitions. The consequences are severe. Most obviously, there's a high degree of talent loss after a deal's announcement. To make matters worse, differences in decision-making styles lead to infighting; integration stalls; and productivity declines.
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In this issue, Larry Bossidy, the former CEO of AlliedSignal and Honeywell, lays out what he expects of his direct reports and what they can expect from him. Then, James Hackett explains what you need to do to prepare for the perfect product launch. The third full-length article suggests ways you can do your human due diligence when considering a company for a merger or acquisition.