In an attempt to highlight the importance of whistleblowers, Julian Assange chose to have WikiLeaks‘ Collateral Murder footage as background for his speech at the Sam Adams Awards, an award dedicated to whistleblowers. The ceremony was organized by the Oxford Union. As a result of the video playing in the background and unsuccessful attempts to vet Julian’s speech, the Union pulled the live stream from the event and spent two days substituting the US Army massacre footage with their logo. The Union claimed they feared that the US government would take legal action concerning “copyright” of the Apache gun camera footage. Wikileaks advised the Union that by law and practice the US government does not claim copyrights on footage or documents that it produces, the Union still decided to censor the video.
It was the biggest information leak in US diplomatic history — over 250,000 US diplomatic messages or “cables” between the US State Department and US embassies all over the world — turned into a global sensation by the website WikiLeaks.
The cables dominated newspaper headlines and front pages, but what does this vast trove of documents really tell us about American diplomacy, and what impact has the leaking of the cables had?
In the first in-depth television analysis of the secret documents, Richard Bilton lifts the lid on a superpower’s secret thoughts and aspirations, plans and strategies, struggles and fears.
In this two-part series, he speaks to people at the top of the US Government about their experiences of the leaking of the cables. He finds out first-hand what the impact of the leak has been for US diplomats. And he travels to the place where the leaking of the cables helped fuel revolution.
He unpicks what the cables really tell us about the world’s greatest superpower, the stories America did not want you to hear — the difference between what the US says in public and what it says in private
- Icons Of The Iraq War: Battlefield Secrets And The Death Of Reuters Photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen (rferl.org)
- Bradley Manning’s Own Words: Blowing the Whistle on War Crimes (dissidentvoice.org)
- Manning: I didn’t aid enemy; cables show need for diplomatic transparency (EndtheLie.com)
- Soldier: Leaks Meant to Enlighten on US Policy (abcnews.go.com)
- Manning pleads guilty in WikiLeaks case, faces 20 years (thehindu.com)
- WikiLeaks has more US secrets to reveal – Assange (rt.com)
- GI pleads guilty in WikiLeaks case, faces 20 years – San Jose Mercury News (mercurynews.com)
- Bildt accused of leaking secrets to the US (thelocal.se)
- Blowing the Whistle on War Crimes (dissidentvoice.org)
- Bradley Manning admits to leaking ‘the most significant documents of our time’ (rt.com)