Wikileaks to Release Album. The Musical Kind.

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By Elizabeth S. Mitchell Comment

Wikileaks, the organization that released a cache of confidential American diplomatic cables in 2010, causing an international scandal and sparking debates about everything from freedom of speech and transparency of government to national security and treason, is about to release something else into the public sphere – an album. The kind with music on it. Yes, really.

According to Time, the album, which will be released August 5 in an effort to raise funds for the financially blockaded organization, will be titled Beat the Blockade, and will feature 12 tracks, including “The Ballad of Julian Assange,” “B Manning,” and “Where There Are No Secrets.” The album will cost $5.

Although there is a ballad bearing his name, it is not yet known whether founder Julian Assange, who is currently seeking political asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, will be featured on any of the tracks.

While this will be the organization’s debut into the music world, they do already have their own online TV show called The World Tomorrow, and a social network, Friends of Wikileaks.

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