"The Fifth Estate"

Friday, October 11, 2013


Next week, the story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks hits the big screen in "The Fifth Estate." Brooke speaks with Guardian reporter--and former Wikileaks employee--James Ball about the story of Wikileaks, the new film, and what it was like seeing something he experienced firsthand dramatized by Hollywood.


James Ball

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

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for class

Oct. 13 2013 07:02 PM
Greg Slater

I dunno. I'm sure Assange is as big an a--h--- as virtually the entire corporate media (including OTM) contend, but after hearing Gladstone twice wonder rhetorically whether Assange ever thought at all about the lives he put at risk by incrementally releasing portions of Manning's stolen U.S. communications, I couldn't help groan in astonishment. I never heard a single reporter from OTM or anywhere speculate whether Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, etc. had ever once worried about the several hundred thousand Iraqi children women and men whose lives were brutally ended as a result of the reckless and almost certainly criminal attack, invasion, and occupation of Iraq (an attack overwhelmingly and enthusiastically supported by U.S. media and reporters), or the 4000+ U.S soldiers killed, or the 20000 (30000?) soldiers who lost legs, arms, and parts of their brains in that godforsaken occupation, an occupation which has left the country in a crippling state of chaos for the foreseeable future with a government that is increasingly accused of using the same brutal tactics as Hussein had use to maintain power. In the case of Wikileaks, as Ball points out, no documented evidence of the loss of a single life has been produced, that I am aware of. But... s---w it. Who cares anyway?

Oct. 13 2013 06:07 PM

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