The inside story of the security breach that enraged the American Government, and a profile of the man who made it all possible.
While WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange has been cast as a heroic champion of free speech, his ongoing expose of US foreign policy would not have been possible without the work of Private Bradley Manning. It was Manning who allegedly stole the classified documents published by WikiLeaks. It is Manning who now languishes in a US military prison.
Now reporter Quentin McDermott tells the inside story of Bradley Manning and his daring intelligence heist. David House is one of the few civilians allowed to visit Bradley Manning in jail. He describes the young soldier’s mental deterioration and his struggle to deal with long hours of confinement.
He tells the program: “…the US Government is just trying to put immense pressure on him in order to get him to crack open.”
In Monday’s Four Corners we hear the only recording of Bradley Manning’s voice and we listen to the logs of alleged conversations with the man who ultimately betrayed him.
That man is Adrian Lamo. In an extraordinary interview he reveals how he came to know Bradley Manning, claiming the young soldier openly confessed to him his role in the WikiLeaks scandal.
Four Corners also explores the disputes that have erupted inside WikiLeaks. A former insider has told the program how he held deep reservations about Julian Assange’s determination to keep releasing material that might compromise his source.
The program puts these accusations to the WikiLeaks boss.
There is little doubt America wants to punish Julian Assange. But to bring a case against him vital questions must be answered: How did Private Bradley Manning steal the classified material? How did he relay it to WikiLeaks? Did he do this of his own accord or did Julian Assange conspire with him to take the information?
This hard-hitting film investigates the website that has given rise to one of the greatest controversies of the last decade.
WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks. In late 2010, the website created controversy by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. Diplomatic cables and Military documents.
From the site’s inception through to the current conspiracy allegations, this revealing documentary follows the story of the charismatic founder of the website and new enemy #1 of the Pentagon, Julian Assange.
Directed by award winning investigative reporters Paul Moreira and Luc Hermann from the French press agency Premières Lignes, the film travels to London, Washington, Reykjavik, and Paris to meet the WikiLeaks journalists and hackers who are fighting for transparency and are challenging the all-encompassing rules of Military secrecy.
The film includes an interview with former #2 and spokesperson of the WikiLeaks team Daniel Domscheit-Berg, before he opens his own whistleblowing website and publishes a novel about “his time at the world’s most dangerous website”. Daniel is now a “dissident” after quitting the company. His claim is that the organization is too centered on the figure of Julian Assange and that there was a rush to unleash big news stories in lieu of steadily building up the organization.