“WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies” to air on CNBC

Posted on February 10, 2012


Thanks to M Cetera for the news that the Guardian’s documentary “WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies” will air on cable network CNBC on Thursday, March 1 at 10 pm. From CBNC’s website:

“Using first hand, exclusive interviews with the biggest players in the Wikileaks controversy, this film documents the story of the biggest data spillage in history – beginning with the email of a young soldier and the scribbling of a password on a restaurant napkin by the enigmatic Julian Assange, and ending as the rippling tide of revelations continues to echo around the world. It’s the story of how the UK’s Guardian newspaper turned the original Wiki material from a morass of unreadable documents into the dramatic succession of calibrated and researched scoops it became. It’s a powerful story of sex, lies, betrayal, and possibly death, as Bradley Manning stands trial for “aiding the enemy”. And it’s the story of how, whether we like it or not, the age of the secret may be over, because technology has changed – and human nature hasn’t.”

WikiLeaks describes the documentary in less glowing terms:

“WikiLeaks was misled as to the true purpose of the Guardian documentary. Contrary to its stated purpose, the documentary:

  • Completely blacks out crucial facts, such as the fact that WikiLeaks suspended publications due to an unlawful arbitrary banking blockade that prevents donors from supporting the organisation. The banking blockade is not even mentioned, neither is the ongoing, documented in the public record, legal harassment of WikiLeaks volunteers by US authorities.
  • In aggregate, the documentary features Julian Assange speaking for 8 minutes 50 seconds (including a 20 second silence on camera), whereas The Guardian’s five employees are given 29 minutes and 30 seconds. This does not include the time given to three other WikiLeaks critics. No WikiLeaks supporting interviews are aired.
  • Contrary to what director Patrick Forbes told Julian Assange over the telephone, the film does not explain that David Leigh broke a written agreement and revealed a secret decryption key, which led to the publishing of the unredacted cables. Patrick Forbes said over telephone that the interview was made prior to the “fuss over the password”. Instead, David Leigh holds up the paper, calls it a “souvenir” and reads it out to the camera. …”

And there’s much more.

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