US-Propaganda: „We steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks“

Nora Drenalin 03.06.2013 JAssangeBobby

In den USA ist der Dokumentarfilm „We steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks“  angelaufen. Starfilmer Alex Gibney breitet darin vor allem die Sexualität von Julian Assange und mehr noch Bradley Manning aus. Ihre politischen Leistungen im Kampf für die Menschenrechte kommen dagegen kaum vor, neue Erfolge von Wikileaks werden verschwiegen, etwa die die GIFiles (Stratfor) und die Kissinger Cables.  Auf der politischen Seite dominiert die offizielle Sicht der US-Regierung, im persönlich-psychologischen werden die Hacker pathologisiert.

Alex Gibney: Taxi zur Hölle für Assange

„We steal secrets“ ist just in den USA angelaufen, wird noch im Juni in Australien gezeigt und bis zum 11.07. soll die deutsche Version fertig sein. Die vom Dokumentarfilmer und Oscar-Preisträger Alex Gibney („Taxi zur Hölle“) gedrehte bzw. zusammengeschnittene Documentary gibt sich ausgewogen. Zumindest ausgewogener als die platte Anti-Assange-Propaganda  “WikiLeaks –Geheimnisse und Lügen” von Patrick Forbes. Forbes hatte einfach alle Erfolge von Assange verschwiegen und alles an übler Nachrede, überzogener Kritik bis hin zu verleumderischem Rufmord mit Verlautbarungen der US-Regierung zu einem suggestiven Hetzfilm zusammengemixt.

Starfilmer Alex Gibney stellt sich schlauer an und hebt auch ein paar Leaks positiv in den Vordergrund -allerdings nur solche, die man eh schon aus alten Dokus kennt (Irak, Collateral Murder, Afghanistan, US-Depeschen). Neue Leaks  werden verschwiegen, etwa die Guantanamo Files, die Spy Files, die GIFiles (Stratfor), die Syria Files,  die  Detainee Policies, die Kissinger Cables -sie sollen offenbar dem Zuschauer nicht weiter bekannt gemacht werden. Auch die erfolgreiche Gründung der Wikileaks-Partei für den australischen Senatswahlkampf, die seit Monaten in der (australischen) Presse ist, nennt Gibney nur lapidar und erst im Abspann. Wikileaks und Assange, der sich diesmal weigerte, dem Filmer Interviews zu geben, kritisieren die Doku scharf -allein der Titel diskreditiere sie schon als Diebe, dabei sind sie nur ein Publikationsmedium.

„Anna“ klagt an, Alex Gibney nimmt den Weichzeichner

Ginbneys Fokus liegt auf den menschelnden Aspekten, vor allem soweit sie mit Sex zu tun haben. Mehr als alle anderen Wikileaks-Dokus widmet er sich den angeblichen Sexualdelikten, deren Assange von zwei Schwedinnen bezichtigt wird. Hier folgt Gibney überwiegend den Vorwürfen der Anklage, bringt eine Schwedin sogar erstmals vor die Kamera, wo sie sehr positiv einem eher unsympathischen Julian Assange gegenüber gestellt wird. „Anna“, mit durch Weichzeichner unkenntlich gemachter Augenpartie sehr attraktiv in Szene gesetzt, klagt an. „Julian“ -hier hat Gibney für diesen Filmteil sogar ein Bild ausgegraben, wo er einen Pickel an der Nase hat- wird unvorteilhaft dagegen geschnitten. Alles was für Julian und gegen Anna spricht wird weggelassen. Etwa ihre Online-Einlassungen darüber, wie Frauen Männer am besten fertig machen können, oder das bekannte Statement von „Women Against Rape“ für Assange. Auch die Londoner Regierung und ihr Auslieferungs-Fanatismus werden nicht weiter kritisiert. Seltsam, denn inzwischen vergleichen sogar viele Mainstreamer den Fall Assange (geplatztes Kondom) mit dem Fall Pinochet (Folter, Massenvergewaltigungen und-morde). Pinochet entging seiner Strafe, weil London ihn nicht ausliefern wollte, Assange wollen die Briten dagegen unbedingt ausliefern. Stattdessen psychologisiert Gibney über angebliche Wünsche von Julian Assange, überall auf dem Globus Frauen zu schwängern, um seine windige Existenz zu koompensieren. Wenn Gibney schon solche (vermutlich eher eigenen) Phantasien filmisch produziert, hätte er ja mal fragen können, wie es dann mit den „Missbrauchs-“ oder gar (wahrheitswidrig von verleumderischen Medien wie der WAZ immer wiederholten) „Vergewaltigungs“-Vorwürfen steht: Kann künftig jeder Mann, dem eine Frau ein Kind anhängen wollte, zum Staatsanwalt laufen? Und werden bald Tausende gebärfreudige Frauen von Interpol gesucht?

Alex Gibney: Bradley Manning, Homosexueller

Besonders unappetitlich ist der Umgang von Gibneys Film mit Bradley Manning, der inzwischen nach seinem Geständnis als gefasster Whistleblower vor der US-Justiz steht. Sein Geständnis wurde durch rechtswidrig ausgedehnte Beugehaft, teils unter „folterähnlichen“ Bedingungen, erpresst. Dies problematisiert Gibney jedoch nicht, vielmehr verbeißt er sich geradezu in Mannings Sexualleben. Seine Homosexualität, seine Probleme mit Diskriminierungen, seine unsichere Geschlechtsidentität werden breit ausgewalzt und mit voyeuristischen Bildern illustriert. Dies ist nicht nur plakative Schaulust am vermeintlich Absonderlichen, die sich auch noch als mitleidsvolle Dokumentation tarnt. Es ist auch eine widerwärtig heimtückische Ablenkung und Abwertung von Bradley Mannings Rolle als einer der ganz großen Enthüller von Regierungsverbrechen in der Geschichte des Kampfes für Menschenrechte. Adrian Lamo, der Hacker, der Manning ans Messer lieferte, wird ebenfalls als wirrer Nerd ins Bild gesetzt: Sich rechtfertigend, wie unter Drogen stammelnd, weinend führt Gibney den Mann vor, dem sich Manning anvertraute. Ihre Chatkommunikation wird effekthascherisch als absonderlicher Problemtalk unter Homo- bzw. Bisexuellen zwischen Therapie, Beichte, und Verrat präsentiert. Mannings großartige Leistung als mutiger Whistleblower von US-Kriegsverbrechen wird damit psychologisiert, auf seine individuellen Probleme zurückgeführt. „Ach darum hat er die Daten an Wikileaks geschickt! Er hatte sexuelle Probleme, der Nerd!“, könnte der Film unbedarften Zuschauern suggerieren. Wikileaks selbst sieht vor allem die Beziehung zwischen Wikileaks-Gründer Assange und dem US-Soldaten und mutmaßlichen Wikileaks-Informanten Bradley Manning „extrem unverantwortlich“ verzerrt dargestellt. Es werde der Eindruck erzeugt, Assange hätte Manning zum „Geheimnisverrat“ verführt -dies würde den Wikileaksgründer bei künftigen Anklagen in den USA belasten. Fazit: Abwiegelnde Propaganda, wie von den Kriegsverbrechern selber bestellt -im Pentagon wird man applaudieren.

„Blutige Hände“: Die Hass-Botschaften von Alex Gibney

Viele Anti-Assange-Hass-Botschaften übernimmt Gibney leicht entschärft von Forbes Hetzfilm, etwa die US-Behauptung, an Wikileaks Händen klebe Blut, weil die Publikation der US-Kriegsverbrechen im Irak einige der dortigen Täter und Helfer in Gefahr gebracht hätte. Belege dafür konnten jedoch nie vorgelegt werden und das krampfhafte Behaupten seitens des Guardian-Redakteurs Nick Davies, Assange hätte den Tod von US-Spitzeln billigend in Kauf genommen, bleibt ebenso  unbewiesen. Gibney lässt Davies erneut seine Version vortragen, erneut ohne Gegenrede von Assange.

Dies ist der einzige dürftige Beleg für die „An ihren Händen klebt plus-dBlut“-Propaganda -wohlgemerkt geht es dabei um US-Spione, die Iraker zu Tausenden ans Messer lieferten, damit sie samt ihren Familien massakriert wurden: Von irakischen Kollaborateuren, privaten US-Söldnerfirmen oder der US-Armee selbst, wobei die Opfer oft genug in Folterlagern wie Abu Ghraib landeten. „An Wikileaks Händen klebt Blut!“ -Diese realen Ströme von Blut sind nicht gemeint. Es geht nur um hypothetisches Blut von Mittätern dieser grausigen Kriegsverbrechen, die eventuell Racheaktionen der Hinterbliebenen ihrer Opfer anheim hätten fallen können oder natürlich von „Al Qaida“. Gibney kümmert das alles nicht, seine Documentary steht stramm an der Seite des Pentagon gegen Assange. Besonders erbärmlich: Gibney bringt nicht einmal die neuen Kissinger-Cables von Wikileaks in seinen Film, dabei drehte er selbst eine passable Doku über Old Henry: „Angeklagt: Henry Kissinger“ (über die Wikipedia ganz ausgewogen-ausgelogen von „angeblichen“ Kriegsverbrechen Kissingers stammelt, obgleich dieser dafür in mehreren Ländern verurteilt wurde).

In den USA soll es bereits begeisterte Reaktionen geben: „Ein hervorragender Film, besser als alles, was bisher zu diesem Thema gemacht wurde“, jubelte der Rolling Stone laut Detlef Borchers. Wen wunderts. So reiht sich Gibneys Documentary ein in die Reihe der Mainstream-Medien-Propaganda gegen Wikileaks, die hier auf Jasminrevolution seit Jahren dokumentiert und widerlegt wird. Das wäre mal eine eigene Doku wert!

Wikileaks hat die Filmdialoge transkribiert und kommentiert  und die WL_Logowichtigsten Kritikpunkte (Talking Points) aus Sicht der Whistleblower-Plattform hervorgehoben.

Talking Points „We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks“

Introduction

1. Title implies WikiLeaks steals secrets

2. The film suggests Assange persuaded Manning to leak or conspired with him

3. The film trivialises the political significance of Manning’s alleged actions

4. The film makes a clear error when it suggests WikiLeaks deceives its donors

5. The film misrepresents WikiLeaks publishing history

6. The Film Downplays the US Investigation against WikiLeaks

7. The film lies about Julian Assange

8. The Film misrepresents the Swedish case and Assange’s reasons for asylum

9. The film engages in baseless speculation about Julian Assange’s private life

10. The film makes important ommissions in relation to the Swedish case

WikiLeaks released the annotated transcript of the $2 million documentary „We Steal Secrets – The Story of WikiLeaks“ on 23 May 2013, a day before its release in movie theatres. Read the press release here and view the annotated transcript here.

General note: Neither Julian Assange nor anyone associated with WikiLeaks agreed to participate in this film. Any footage of Assange or WikiLeaks’ staff was taken from stock footage without their consent.

The film is filled with factual errors and speculation, some examples of which are set out below, including in relation to Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks’ redaction policies and the case in Sweden. The stock footage used has also been heavily edited, in some places distorting what was said.

1. Title implies WikiLeaks steals secrets

Film Title – We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Note: „We Steal“ as if WikiLeaks does (Implies WL lawbreaker not publisher)

The film begins, with its very title, implying that WikiLeaks steals secrets and is breaking the law through its activities. The film implies – and in some cases suggests, erroneously and when evidence is to the contrary, that Assange may be guilty of conspiring with Bradley Manning. This not only factually incorrect, but it buys into the current US government position that journalists and publishers who receive information can be prosecuted as co-conspirators with their alleged sources or with whistleblowers wanting to communicate information to them. This is a dangerous proposition for all journalists and media organisations – not just WikiLeaks.

Source

In the United States, or at least until recently, a publisher of classified material obtained by others is not prosecuted; though the leaker may be. Bradley Manning, one of WikiLeaks’ alleged sources, is currently being court-martialed for violations of the Espionage Act and Uniform Military Code for aiding the enemy, unauthorized access and theft of information. He is defending those charges in a 12 week trial which commences on 3 June 2013. However, the publishers of his alleged leaks would not in the normal course face prosecution: WikiLeaks, New York Times, the Guardian and many others. Nowhere in the film does anyone quoted in the film say that WikiLeaks steals secrets: this is referable to a former CIA chief speaking about US spies. Why it is used as an epithet for the story of WikiLeaks is difficult to imagine, except to paint WikiLeaks as a source and not solely a publisher; to imply the journalist or publisher can be complicit in the act of their source if they receive information and, in particular, are anything other than a passive recipient of information: a position the US government is working hard to establish. Throughout the film, Gibney propagates the idea Assange had been „fishing“ for the leaks or that Manning had been „persuaded“ to leak. This is factually incorrect (see below) but also buys into the dangerous proposition that journalists and publishers can be conspirators by virtue of their interaction with confidential sources.

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2. The film suggests Assange persuaded Manning to leak or conspired with him

Film: „In this environment of expanding secrecy, Assange went fishing for secrets to publish. To bait whistleblowers, he published a list of the most wanted leaks.“

Note: Gibney’s choice of words, „Fishing,“ „Bait“, implies solicitation.

Throughout the film, Gibney propagates the idea Assange had been „fishing“ for the leaks or that Manning had been „persuaded“ to leak. This is factually incorrect but also buys into the dangerous proposition that journalists and publishers can be conspirators by virtue of their interaction with confidential sources. The US government is attempting to argue that any news organization that deals with confidential sources can be put into prison for engaging in „conspiracy“.

This is factually incorrect. WikiLeaks makes clear on its website that, like „other media outlets conducting investigative journalism, we accept (but do not solicit) anonymous sources of information“: http://WikiLeaks.org/About.html. The list referred to in the film was in fact compiled by human rights NGOs, activists, lawyers, journalists and historians nominating the censored documents they considered the most important to uncover.

Go to the section of We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

Source: http://www.economist.com/blogs/demo…

Film: „But in online chats with WikiLeaks, Manning’s thoughts changed – either he decided or he was persuaded – that he should capture more flags; a lot of flags.“

Note: By using the term „or he was persuaded“ the film tries to implicate WikiLeaks in a conspiracy to obtain classified material from Manning. The film makes this suggestion without basis – and it has since been proven to be factually incorrect: Manning makes clear in his pre-trial statement that no one at WikiLeaks pressured him into giving any information and that he made his own decision to send documents.

Source

The film suggests Assange persuaded Manning to leak

Film: „Later, Manning talked to him about the progress of the uploads. In Manning’s buddy list, the address was listed under a familiar name: Julian Assange.“

Note: There is no evidence that Manning was communicating with Assange. Bradley Manning says he was not even sure who he was allegedly talking to at WikiLeaks. The film entirely omits the statement Manning himself presented to court:

Due to the strict adherence of anonymity by the WLO [WikiLeaks], we never exchanged identifying information. However, I believe the individual was likely Mr. Julian Assange [he pronounced it with three syllables], Mr. Daniel Schmidt, or a proxy representative of Mr. Assange and Schmidt.

As the communications transferred from IRC to the Jabber client, I gave ’office’ and later ’pressassociation’ the name of Nathaniel Frank in my address book, after the author of a book I read in 2009.

Go to the section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

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3. The film trivialises the political significance of Manning’s alleged actions

Film: „Just what had happened with Bradley Manning? Was this just a data dump? Or was this the act of a man who had peaked behind the curtain of a superpower and decided that what it was doing was wrong?“

Throughout the film it attempts to ascribe psychological rather than political motives to Bradley Manning’s whistle-blowing, trivialising the political significance of Manning’s actions. The films focuses on his sexuality, his gender dysmorphia and at one point even super-imposes a picture of his face on that of Jean Harlow Manning’s political and principled motivations for disclosing the information are detailed clearly in the statement he made in the court-martial proceedings:

Providence Hearing: Manning’s Statement

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4. The film makes a clear error when it suggests WikiLeaks deceives its donors

Film: „This dinner for free speech was, in fact, a dinner for Julian’s sex offence defence fund. No one knows now whether money going to WikiLeaks is going to Julian or elsewhere.“

Note: The Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Staff Legal Defense Fund and the various means by which WikiLeaks receives donations for its running costs are kept separate.

Donors were given a choice to donate to WikiLeaks or JADF, and this was made explicitly clear. The original ’Dinner For Free Speech’ web page is still available and it clearly indicates where donors can choose to donate to either the Defense Fund or to WikiLeaks: http://web.archive.org/web/20110629…

The JADF is administered and audited by Derek Rothera & Co. The terms of the trust and trustees can be found here: http://www.rothera.com/images/Julia…. More:

This distinction is also made clear on the WikiLeaks donation page: http://shop.WikiLeaks.org/donate

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5. The film misrepresents WikiLeaks publishing history

Film: „Despite that special relationship, Assange desperately fought extradition to Sweden and lost every appeal. His legal battle drained his finances and trapped him at the family farm for over a year. Hoped-for funding didn’t come and WikiLeaks suspended operations. His international organization had blown apart.“

Note: Since December 2010 WikiLeaks has released the GTMO Files, the SpyFiles, the Stratfor emails dubbed the GIFiles, the Syria Files. the Detain and in April 2013 both Cablegate and 1.7 million Kissinger Cables in an easily searchable PlusD Public Library of US Diplomacy. Link: http://WikiLeaks.org/

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets: The Annotated Transcript

Gibney also appears oblivious of WikiLeaks publishing history prior to the major releases in 2010: he collapses four years of publishing history, touching on nearly every country in the world, into „some smaller successes“ — because his documentary does not cover them. In fact, WikiLeaks has been making front pages since 2007. Legal attacks on the organization started immediately. WikiLeaks won a significant battle against the largest private Swiss bank in US federal courts in 2008. That fight was the subject of extensive discussion, including New York Times editorials. There were many significant WikiLeaks releases and conflicts prior to 2010. They can be found here: http://www.WikiLeaks.org/wiki/Main_Page.

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6. The Film Downplays the US Investigation against WikiLeaks

Film: „These two cases [Bradley Manning and Julian Assange] have nothing to do with each other. Julian – he’s not even imprisoned – he has locked himself up to avoid coming to Sweden to answer a few pretty simple questions.“

Film: „The biggest mystery of all was the role of the United States. Over two years after the first leak, no charges had been filed by the US. Assange claimed that the US was biding its time, waiting for him to go to Sweden, but there was no proof.“

Film: „Despite the lack of evidence of any secret plot, Ecuador granted him asylum“

Note: The film minimizes the serious investigation and prosecution of Julian Assange in the US and what would happen to him were he extradited to the U.S. It does so to make the argument that Assange is in the embassy to simply avoid going to Sweden. This is false: he sought asylum based on his concern about being extradited to the US and Ecuador granted asylum on the basis of the evidence Assange presented. The cases of Manning and Assange are clearly linked, as was made explicit in the course of the Manning proceedings with reference being made to the parallel DOJ investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks.

There is no „mystery“ about the role of the US: there is an ongoing grand jury which has been empanelled since September 2010. This was first confirmed by the US Department of Justice November 2010 and re-confirmed on 26 March 2013.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – the annotated transcript Here, here and here

Sources: Glenn Greenwald/Salon; Alexa O’Brien

The grand jury is, by its nature, secret. It cannot be said that „no charges“ have been filed. The filmmaker certainly does not know that: it is illegal to disclose whether or not an indictment exists. It is a common practice to issue sealed indictments. Charges would not be made public until Assange is in custody. A former high level State Department official said in a once confidential email (Stratfor) that there was such a sealed indictment.

Source: Rolling Stone

It cannot be said that there is „no proof that the U.S was biding its time“. The US ambassador to the UK said this on the BBC in February 2011: the US would wait to see what happened in Sweden. Discussions between US and Sweden reported that US only would extradite after Swedish charges disposed of.

Sources: BBC; The Independent

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7. The film lies about Julian Assange

Film: „I raised this with Julian and he said if an Afghan civilian helps coalition forces he deserves to die.“

Note: Assange has always maintained he never said this and made a formal complaint to the Leveson Inquiry about the veracity of Davies’ evidence. Assange is alleged to have made this remark while discussing the redaction of the Afghan War Diaries with journalists from Der Spiegel and the Guardian during a dinner in London in July 2010.

Nick Davies was not present at that dinner. A journalist at that dinner, John Goetz, has provided a signed witness statement to affirm the remark was not made that: http://wlstorage.net/file/cms/Folde…

WikiLeaks ’ambassador’ Joseph Farrell emailed the OfCom complaint containing the Goetz witness statement to Gibney, his producer and his executive producer on 14 June 2012.

Go to the section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

Film: „Julian urged the New York Times to send a letter to the Pentagon, asking if they want to help with redactions and they refused. And that was 24 hours before the release, you know.“

Note: There was no fixed schedule for release of the held-back 15,000 documents for which WikiLeaks sought Pentagon help with redaction. This was confirmed on August 8, 2010 by Domscheit-Berg himself (who kept giving media interviews worldwide despite his role as a WikiLeaks spokesman being restricted to Germany):“[Daniel Schmitt] rejected allegations that the group’s publication of leaked U.S. government documents was a threat to America’s national security or put lives at risk. „For this reason, we conveyed a request to the White House prior to the publication, asking that the International Security Assistance Force provide us with reviewers,“ Schmitt said. That request remains open. However, the Pentagon has stated that it is not interested in ’harm minimization’ and has not contacted us, directly, or indirectly to discuss this offer.“

Source

Go to the section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

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8. The Film misrepresents the Swedish case and Assange’s reasons for asylum

Film: „Was Sweden acting as an agent of the United States?“

The film clearly suggests that Assange has said this to be true. While Assange had been previously warned by of a potential „honey trap“ by Australian intelligence sources and was surprised by the allegations to allege „US dirty tricks“ (see here and here

Film: „Interpol issued a demand for Assange’s arrest for his failure to return to Sweden to answer questions about sex charges.“

There are no charges in Sweden.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

Source

Film: „One week after the arrest warrant was issued, Assange surrendered to police in London.“

Julian Assange voluntarily attended a London police station for arrest by appointment and was immediately imprisoned. He was held without charge, in the highest security unit of Wandsworth prison. After appeals he was eventually released into house arrest and an electronic monitoring device was strapped to his leg. After 552 days he applied for political asylum.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

Source: Supreme Court Agreed Facts, para 30-38: http://www.scribd.com/doc/80912442/… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/u…

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9. The film engages is baseless speculation about Julian Assange’s private life

Film: „The testimony of the women raised another issue: did he refuse to use a condom because he wanted to make the women pregnant?“

Film: „There may be some sort of primary impulse in him to want to reproduce, to want to have some sort of bedrock in his life. You know, this is the ultimate digital man and actually you can’t just live in a digital world.“

This is baseless speculation. To make the point, the film cites Iain Overton, who does not know Assange other than in a professional capacity and has no direct personal knowledge of the facts in Sweden or of Assange’s family situation. The film cites the women’s testimony to say Assange had refused to wear a condom.

This is not supported by the facts recounted in the testimony: Assange complied with each stated request to use a condom. AA’s testimony makes clear that Assange put on a condom when she verbally asked him to. Instead, her testimony alleges that the condom was broken during intercourse and she alleges that Assange broke it deliberately. This is a matter of factual dispute which will be contested at any trial. Assange is legally prevented from making comment. In the case of SW, her testimony states that Assange had complied with her earlier requests to use a condom but no condom was used in their final interaction, at which time she did not repeat her request to Assange or complain about its use or non-use.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript here here

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10. The film makes important omissions in relation to the Swedish case

Film: „An unknown source leaked the police report to the press. It included the testimony of Assange, the two women and, surprisingly, a picture of a torn condom.“

While the film refers to a picture of the „torn condom“ from the leaked police file, it fails to mention that forensic analysis provided with that picture found there was no chromosomal DNA on that condom.

See, for example: http://www.smh.com.au/world/no-assa…

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

Film: „There was an enormous amount of hype and misinformation and bullshit that came out of Julian Assange’s supporters, and the more that people realise that they were lied to by Julian, the less moral and political authority he has. He’s supposed to be about the truth.“

This is false. Assange has not lied to his supporters – or anyone else – about this case. No explanation or evidence is given to support this claim. Furthermore, Nick Davies – from whom this quote is taken – has no direct knowledge of the facts in the Sweden case. Nor does the film mention that Davies’ written accounts of the case have been heavily disputed or that he is a partisan adversary of WikiLeaks.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript See also in annotated transcript

Film: „Talk about why we’re altering your appearance and filming you in this way?“

Film: „You’ve been very careful not to say anything, why?“ „Because this is a legal case and not a public debate.“

Film: An organiser for a WikiLeaks seminar in Stockholm, Anna invited Julian to stay in her apartment while she was out of town, then she decided to come back early. The following day at the seminar Julian was approached by another WikiLeaks volunteer, her name was Sofia.

Note: A commonplace falsehood is that the two Swedish women were WikiLeaks volunteers, repeated here carelessly by Alex Gibney. Neither individual had anything to do with WikiLeaks. Anna helped organise the seminar on behalf of the Social Democrats.

Anna made a very important public announcement after this interview. On 22 April 2013 she tweeted that she had „not been raped“. The other women, Sofia, has stated that she also had not been raped and that the police had „railroaded“ her and „made up the charges (sic)“.

Anna has not spoken directly to the press directly since 21 August 2010 (the day after the police complaint). Her counsel, the politician/lawyer Claes Borgström, however, appeared continuously in Swedish and international media to push his position on the preliminary investigation against Julian Assange. His media appearances were especially intense in the month leading up to the national elections for which he ran (19 September 2010).

Borgström has billed 80 hours for Assange-related media appearances, although he estimated that the amount was greater. This led to a civil rights group filing a complaint against Borgström to the Bar Association’s discipline commission in June 2012.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript here here and here

Alex Gibney falsely implies that it is Julian Assange’s fault that the identities of the two women became known. Anna’s name became public after the Swedish police leaked her name by mistake when redacted copies of the police report were obtained by the press under Sweden’s Freedom of Information laws. Anna’s name was not removed from the document header (an error by the Swedish authorities). Swedish police unlawfully released Assange’s name to the Swedish right-wing tabloid Expressen, which is what made the story public in the first place. The New York Times was the first to publish Anna’s name when it republished her previously anonymous interview from August 21, 2010.

Go to this section in We Steal Secrets – The Annotated Transcript

Source: Aftonbladet Borgström invoice

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