Wikileaks leaks documentary script about Wikileaks
Wikileaks has released a transcript of a documentary about its history so it can add notes to each section saying “Wrong!”, a day before the film debuts.
The secret-spilling site has taken umbrage with We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, which is set to debut in New York and Los Angeles today and released a transcript of the documentary online yesterday.
The annotated transcript, which can be found on the Justice4Assange website, comes with an introductory note claiming that the documentary is “filled with errors and speculation”.
“The stock footage used has been heavily edited, in some places distorting what was said,” the note said. “This is unprofessional and irresponsible in light of ongoing legal proceedings. It trivialises serious issues.”
The site highlights the point at which the film implies that top Wikileaker Julian Assange could be guilty of “conspiring with Bradley Manning”.
“This not only factually incorrect, but also buys into the current US government position that journalists and publishers can be prosecuted as co-conspirators with their alleged sources or with whistleblowers who communicate information to them,” the note said.
It also said that neither Assange nor anyone else at Wikileaks agreed to be in the documentary because they’re all going to be in a film “by respected Academy Award-nominated film-maker Laura Poitras” out later in the year.
Guardian investigative journalist Nick Davies also caught some flak for claiming Assange had said Afghan supporters of foreign military forces in their country “deserve to die”.
The documentary was commissioned by Universal for $2m and was made by film-maker Alex Gibney, according to the note, which also mentions that yet another film, “co-produced with Ken Loach’s 16 Films, will be released shortly”. ®