Sunday Long Reads: The ethics of Wikileaks, the doughnut revolution and golf at the Olympics

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

As the Olympics continues this week, there are looks back at the Games of 1984 and the famous boycott, as well as a look ahead to how the return of golf can have an effect on the game in general.

Elsewhere, with Julian Assange in the headlines again, we examine the ethics of Wikileaks, run through the leading anti-Trump Republicans, and look at the origins of the doughnut revolution.

Publishing secrets and making enemies: Wikileaks versus the world

For some, they are heroes fighting a noble war against the establishment and challenging corruption. For others, they’re a dangerous nuisance.

Many others will fall somewhere between the two poles, but it would be hard to find someone entirely indifferent to Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.

The whistle-blowing website was established by Assange in 2006, but it was 2010 before the organisation became a household name. Its leak of confidential material related to the Iraq War - including footage showing US soldiers shooting dead 18 civilians from a helicopter - remains arguably its highest-profile leak to date. Later that year, it was also involved in the publication of thousands of classified cables from US embassies, with The Guardian saying the leak sparked a "global diplomatic crisis."

It was the stuff of high drama, and indeed several major films and documentaries have already been made about that period in Wikileaks' relatively short history, albeit rarely in a way Assange himself approves of.

"Golf in the Olympics can really help the women's game" - Stephanie Meadow sees the bigger picture in Rio

It's been a tough year for Stephanie Meadow. In May of last year she lost her father, Robert. Her form dipped on the grueling LPGA Tour stateside.

The Tour keeps her away from home for weeks at a time, where she takes one week off every four. Born and reared in Jordanstown, Co. Antrim, she moved to the US with her family when she was very young. 

In 2014, she broke onto the scene after a third-placed finish at the US Open, but since the end of last year, the 24-year-old has found it difficult to gather any momentum in her game. With four missed cuts from seven events this year, she admits the past 12 months have been a struggle, but it could be capped off in great style as Meadow now heads to Rio as a late addition to Team Ireland's golf team.

Matter of Taste: Be it fighting scurvy or the Axis, the doughnut revolution won't stop turning

It’s difficult to deny that the doughnut is having its moment. Like the burrito before it, the round mound of fried dough is undergoing a foodie transformation, a ring-shaped revolution that sees the circles stuffed with increasingly bespoke combinations.

There is no hipster cafe in the country worth its salt that hasn’t been offering the discerning consumer some variation salted caramel plastered atop a sugary pillow of airy dough.

But the honest truth is that when it comes to deliciousness, a freshly made jam doughnut from your local supermarket can just as easily go head to head with even the most notioned of artisanal offerings.

"We cannot and must not elect him" - Who are the Republicans opposing Donald Trump?

With only three months left to go until November's US presidential election, an increasing number of Republicans are speaking out against the party's candidate Donald Trump.

Although he officially accepted the party's nomination at last month's Republican National Convention and - publicly, at least - has the support of the GOP committee, various officials have broken ranks to voice their opposition to Trump.

So who exactly are the dissenters, and what have they to say? 

Empire Strikes Back: Remembering when the Soviet Union boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics

The run up to the Rio Olympics has seen a huge number of external factors surface which threatened to derail the entire Games.

This summer's Olympics have been overshadowed by the emergence of the Zika virus and the resulting withdrawal of top golfers, Brazil's political and economic turmoil as well as the conditions in which the athletes will be staying.

However, the Olympics have a history of controversy, and if this time out the Russian athletes were threatened with being forced out, in 1984 they decided to stay at home of their own volition.