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23-05-13 "We Steal Secrets : The Story of Wikileaks": the Annotated Transcript

23-05-13 "We Steal Secrets : The Story of Wikileaks": the Annotated Transcript

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Published by William J Greenberg
This document is an annotated transcript of the anti-WikiLeaks documentary "We Steal Secrets: The story of WikiLeaks". It opens on May 24, 2013 (tomorrow). The documentary was commissioned by Universal for $2 million. The commission went to US film maker Alex Gibney, who is listed as the film's director and producer.
This document is an annotated transcript of the anti-WikiLeaks documentary "We Steal Secrets: The story of WikiLeaks". It opens on May 24, 2013 (tomorrow). The documentary was commissioned by Universal for $2 million. The commission went to US film maker Alex Gibney, who is listed as the film's director and producer.

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"We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks"The annotated transcript19:00 GMT, May 23, 2013
Introduction
 This document is an annotated transcript of the anti-WikiLeaks documentary "WeSteal Secrets: The story of WikiLeaks". It opens on May 24, 2013 (tomorrow). Thedocumentary was commissioned by Universal for $2 million. The commission wentto US film maker Alex Gibney, who is listed as the film's director and producer. The film is filled with factual errors and speculation, the most serious of which areset out below. The stock footage used has also been heavily edited, in some placesdistorting what was said. This is unprofessional and irresponsible in light of ongoinglegal proceedings. It trivialises serious issues. The film implies – erroneously and when evidence is to the contrary – that Assangemay be guilty of "conspiring" with Bradley Manning. This not only factuallyincorrect, but also buys into the current US government position that journalists andpublishers can be prosecuted as co-conspirators with their alleged sources or withwhistleblowers who communicate information to them. This is a dangerousproposition for all journalists and media organisations —not just WikiLeaks.Bradley Manning is currently being court-martialed for committing "espionage" (bycommunicating with the press) and "aiding the enemy" (by communicating with thepress). He is defending those charges in a 12-week trial commencing June 3, 2013.Neither Julian Assange nor anyone associated with WikiLeaks agreed to participatein this film. Any footage of Assange or WikiLeaks’ staff was taken from stockfootage. WikiLeaks has, however, co-operated with a film by respected AcademyAward-nominated film- maker Laura Poitras, which will be out later this year.Another film, co-produced with Ken Loach's 16 Films, will be released shortly. The documentary's transcript is in the right-hand column, the annotations andcitations are on the left. Readers can link directly to each annotation individually byclicking on "Note:".
The title ("We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks") is false. It directlyimplies that WikiLeaks steals secrets. In fact, the statement is made by formerCIA/NSA director Michael Hayden in relation to the activities of US governmentspies, not in relation to WikiLeaks. This an irresponsible libel. Not even critics in thefilm say that WikiLeaks steals secrets. TITLES
 
 The film starts with the launch of the rocket Gallileo and the WANK worm introducedinto NASA's system by unknown hackers prior to the launch.Footage of launch of Gallileo.
Selective editing. The interview is edited to cut out the NASA scientist'spunch line--no files were, in fact, deleted. It is apparent that the "worm" was apractical joke. The whole episode is extensively documented in the book"Underground" by Julian Assange and Suelette Dreyfus.
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 Click here. NASA scientist:It was a Monday morning a few days before launching Gallileo. My manager rangme as soon as I came in and they said that there was a worm that had beendetected somewhere out on the network. A worm is a self-replicating program thatactually breaks into a computer and jumps from system to system. At the time theywere still very uncommon. We didn't know what it would do. We knew it wasmalicious. If a worm got into a machine it would change the announcementmessage and spelled out in little lines and little characters W.A.N.K - Wank, WormsAgainst Nuclear Killers - and below that "You talk of times of peace for all and thenprepare for war". Oh my god, what the hell is this? Most people didn't know whatthe word 'wank' meant. The word meant 'F'. You would be logged into your machineand you'd get a message: Someone is watching you, vote anarchist. And suddenlythey'd see "deleted file 1, deleted file 2, deleted file 3" and just keep going andgoing and going. And it would change the passwords, so you couldn't get in to stopit. Scared the hell out of a lot of people. They were afraid that Wank would causethe launch failure, where this nuclear battery was suddenly flying away from anexploding spacecraft…Audio voiceover of NASA launch countdownNASA scientist:How in the hell are we going to stop it? How far's it gone already?Footage of launch of Gallileo.
No person has ever claimed responsibility for the WANK worm. Gibney's "keyclue" is merely that Assange, along with most of his generation, had also listened tothe internationally famous Australian rock band Midnight Oil.Narration by Alex Gibney: The shuttle launched without incident. But the WANK worm continued to spread,affecting over 300,000 computer terminals around the world. Its purpose, as a
 
warning, weapon or political prank was never discovered. Investigators traced theorigin of the WANK worm to Australia. National police suspected a small group of hackers in the city of Melbourne, and then the trail went cold. But a key clue turnedout to be in the message itself. There was a lyric from the Australian band, MidnightOil, a favourite of the man who would become the country’s most infamous hacker.
Selective editing. Assange is quoting the lyric in relation to his book, writtenwith Suelette Dreyfus, which includes a chapter on the WANK worm.
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 Click here.Cuts to voice of Julian Assange quoting this line from the Midnight Oil song over thesong itself Collage of videos about WikiLeaks and various public comments about WikiLeaks,some positive, some scaremongering, over Midnight Oil song.Stock footage from a July 2010 interview with Julian Assange conducted by ABCNightline's Jim Sciutto.STOCK  Journalist:What drives you? Julian Assange:Well, I like being brave. I mean, I like being inventive, I've been designing systemsand processes for a long time. I also like defending victims. And I am a combativeperson so I like crushing bastards. And so this profession combines all those threethings, so it is deeply, personally, deeply satisfying to me. Journalist:But is crushing bastards, in its own right, a just cause? Julian Assange:Depends on the bastards.Mark Davis:I see this story entirely as one man against the world. One man against the world.Daniel Domscheit-Berg: Julian as this very radical visionary.

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