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The Continued Controversy over "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies"
« on: February 20, 2012, 13:36:44 PM »
 February 20, 2012
by m_cetera
 
On November 29, a documentary entitled "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies" aired on Channel 4 in the UK. The film promised to be the "definitive account of the 'wiki-saga'," uniting the "major protagonists" and featuring the "first major television interview" with Julian Assange. But the documentary soon became a topic of controversy when WikiLeaks released a press statement commenting on The Guardian’s involvement in the production and providing a list of the incorrect and misleading information presented in the film. The statement also included telephonic and written communications between Julian Assange and the documentary’s director, Patrick Forbes.
 
Shortly after its original airing, Channel 4 made "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies" available via its online broadcasting channel 4oD, but it has since been removed. The documentary has also not been rerun by Channel 4 since its original air date
After its initial broadcast, the film seemed to quickly fall into obscurity. It wasn’t until February 14, when ARTE aired the documentary in France and Germany, that the controversy resurfaced.
 
Holger Stark, Der Spiegel journalist and author of "Staatsfeind WikiLeaks," sent out a series of three tweets commenting on the documentary, shortly after its broadcast on ARTE:
 

 
(Note: He also corrected that the dates he listed should be 2010, not 2011.)
 
This series of tweets is rather important as it attests to Julian Assange's claims of betrayal by the New York Times and The Guardian. In a recent series of video interviews with NYTimes eXaminer, Assange retold the events thusly:
 
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"We had given a copy of Cablegate […] in encrypted formant to The Guardian as safekeeping under a contract. The contact saying that they could not publish anything until we told them to; that they could not share it with anyone else, had to keep it strictly confidential and protect it; and that they could not keep an internet-connected computer system. […] Almost immediately, the brother-in-law of the editor-in-chief took all the material and gave it to the New York Times. […] And even that might not have been so bad if we were told about it. But we weren’t told about it. They conspired in secret to do this and to publish it all without even telling us."

Not only that, but by excluding these plans to publish behind WikiLeaks' back, it further confirms that this documentary is not balanced, but leans heavily in favor of The Guardian. Add this to the exclusion of David Leigh’s publication of the Cablegate password, the nearly 30 minutes of the 73 minute film spent with interviews of Guardian employees (compared to less than 9 minutes of Julian Assange, the only current WikiLeaks staffer interviewed), and the consultation with David Leigh for fact-checking, it’s hard to see "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies" as being the "definitive account" it claims to be.
 
In further developments, WikiLeaks announced via Twitter that OFCOM, the regulator for broadcasting in the UK, had officially declared a formal investigation into "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies" on February 14. No further information about the investigation has yet to become available.
 
The documentary is also planned for multiple U.S. screenings. CNBC has the film scheduled for broadcast on March 1. The Austin-based SXSW Film Festival, a huge conference which draws over 20,000 attendees, also plans to air the documentary on March 9. In the summary, the film is described as "a definitive factual account of the WikiLeaks affair." This screening was brought to attention by Bill Keller, well-known for his attacks on WikiLeaks and Assange, in his February 19 article "WikiLeaks, A Postscript."


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Re: The Continued Controversy over "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies"
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 17:59:16 PM »
Really? "Secrets & Lies" ? Really? 

What a thin veil of prejudice BS the Guardian has decided to parade!  Everybody really is out just to make a buck....and they sure hate it when Wikileaks exposes them.  Especially those who make money by purporting to report with integrity.

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
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Re: The Continued Controversy over "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies"
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 19:53:27 PM »
arte Germany did not send the vps-signal, I recognized it too late. Therefor I saw just a little part of it.

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Re: The Continued Controversy over "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies"
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 21:27:36 PM »
Isn't it impressing that this "documentary" was on air in France immediately prior to the UNESCO conference in Paris, where David Leigh repeated his allegations word by word?

So David Leigh thinks if he just repeats his own assertions they will magically become true?

Let me quote another who promoted this propaganda technique...“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
It appears the Guardian has adopted Joseph Goebbel's MO! 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
 Martin Luther King Jr.


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