The Story of Wikileaks

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his new film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.” He details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website Wikileaks, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. “We Steal Secrets: the story of Wikileaks” opens May 24 at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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What about having Julian Assange on the program to respond to Gibney's film and claims?

Assange was on Democracy Now! on May 29th:

From the transcript:

"What’s the equivalent title? I Make Fictitious, Fraudulent Films: The Story of Alex Gibney. In response, we have published the full transcript, ahead of public—ahead of the film’s release, with line-by-line detail showing exactly how Alex Gibney edited statements, stitched them together, etc., and didn’t engage in—didn’t engage, it seems, in any fact checking of the statements that the people he was interviewing. You know, for an example, I make some statement that begins with, "Well, what they say is," and then I quote it. Alex Gibney cuts off the "What they say," so in order to put someone else’s words into my mouth. And that’s present throughout the film. This is not a serious work."

Jun. 16 2013 06:41 AM
Donald Isenman from The Catskill Park

Leonard Lopate is incapable of questioning Gibney's endless fact free assertions. Endless I think this, I think that. This is why he and Brendan Lehrer are to tired out to continue interviewing anything of a controversial nature, sticking to the VSP storyline. Is there never another side to anything? Apparently not.

May. 22 2013 02:00 PM

Why _shouldn't_ there be more surveillance cameras in PUBLIC places?

Since when is there is an expectation of privacy in PUBLIC places?
Since a poster, Hugh, mentioned Glenn Greenwald...

...when was the last time he was on this show? Last July?

May. 22 2013 01:59 PM


You dismiss concern that Assange would be extradited to the U.S. from Sweden as "fiction"?!

What is your basis for this?!

Why did Mr. Lopate allow this to go unchallenged?

Please see my earlier posted, dated 1:26 PM

May. 22 2013 01:52 PM
tracie holder from New York

Alex Gibney's recent documentary was the subject of an important yet shocking piece in the current issue of the New Yorker, "Huffington Post: How Far Did PBS Go To Avoid Offending A Sponsor?"

Amazingly, Lenny Lopate failed to ask him about it!

May. 22 2013 01:52 PM

Glenn Greenwald had some interesting analysis of the legal case facing Julian Assange in Sweden and, in particular, British and American meddling in the case. Whatever else Assange has said, his concerns about extradition to the US were probably well-founded. Swedish law would bar extradition to a country where the accused might face the death penalty. But the argument was that Assange would be extradited to Britain and from there to the US.

May. 22 2013 01:47 PM

In fairness, though, I must acknowledge that at least WNYC doesn't seem to actually _hide_ such information; I was able to learn what President and CEO Laura Walker's salary quite quickly via Google.

Good luck finding-out that info for Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman...

May. 22 2013 01:42 PM
fuva from harlemworld

We probably shouldn’t equate Manning and Assange’s secrets. After all, Manning probably didn’t WANT to keep his “secret”, he felt compelled to (in the military at the time, he actually had to ‘not tell’).

May. 22 2013 01:36 PM

To WNYC: Why not prominently place on the web site full-disclosure of the salaries paid to all WNYC employees, from Laura Walker all the way down?

Don't you believe in full transparency?

As long as you ask the public to donate, isn't it only right to make it easy for them to see exactly how you spend your (their) money?

May. 22 2013 01:36 PM

Wikileak Secrets are power

May. 22 2013 01:34 PM

Pentagon Papers Attorney James Goodale, on Democracy Now! earlier this week:

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So, my book is meant to be a clarion call to the journalist community: Wake up! There’s danger out there. You may not like Assange, but wake up! The First Amendment is really going to be damaged, if Obama goes forward. And as I said at the beginning of the show, if he does and succeeds, he will have succeeded where Nixon failed.>>

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Full-transcript and audio at:

May. 22 2013 01:26 PM

Does the film talk about his attacks on women - trying to knock them up?

May. 22 2013 01:18 PM

Please address the following spectacle:
Discredited, unrepentant war-mongers such as Joseph Lieberman (who was highly culpable in the mass carnage and misery that was visited upon Iraq, for example) calling for the execution of Julian Assange (who, at /most/, /may/ have put some people at /risk/).

May. 22 2013 01:16 PM

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