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Location: Central Asia (03:03)


In May 2010, Private Manning was arrested for leaking documents to WikiLeaks. Mehrabon Odinaev refused to believe he was in Cuba because he was not permitted outside. He learns he was detained in Guantanamo Bay for five years because the United States wanted to interrogate him about the Tajikistan refugees and a school in Karachi.

Location: Norfolk, England (03:52)

Julian Assange reads classified documents that Murray provided. WikiLeaks conducts interviews with editors in hopes that they will publish the documents. One reporter reads that the U.S. government plans on placing pro-American propaganda in several Russian newspapers and paying off editors to reprint it in Tajikistan.

Tunnel Closed (02:38)

The reporters ask directions to Dushanbe. They will be going to the Asia-Plus offices in Tajikistan. Dmitri works with the Russian affiliates, Johannes handles the Swedish affiliates, Alina is a journalist, Katya a documentary filmmaker, and Theo will be filming the journey.

WikiLeaks Arrives (03:15)

Marat Mamadshoev introduces himself. Johannes explains that they are looking for editors interested in writing about classified material, but insist on having people sign a non-legally binding "memorandum of understanding." Editors are free to publish what they want, but must protect the sources of material and cannot sell the information.

WikiLeaks Arrives: Next Day (02:56)

WikiLeaks returns and Mamadshoev signs the document. Assange explains how to interpret the material over Skype. Mamadshoev discovers two documents pertaining to himself, but 3,000 about his company Asia-Plus.

On the Road (02:11)

Johannes follows up with Mamadshoev. Asia-Plus published several articles, but there is certain information they refuse to publish because they could get sued.

Location: Khazakhstan (02:13)

Johannes began his journalism career by writing letters to the editor because the marketing department refused to publish the ones they received. He wrote about pension benefits and issues with veterans. The WikiLeaks group travels to Kazakhstan to meet with "Expert Kazakhstan" and "KazTag."

National Press Club (03:25)

Rassul Ryssmambetov traveled to Iran to cover the 2009 and 2010 elections because he wanted to understand what was occurring there. He does not believe in democracy and worries it could turn to anarchy.

"How to Organize Mankind," (03:34)

Andrey Skirka does not understand how WikiLeaks will create change because interest in it is waning. "Expert Kazakhstan" created a project to inspire people. Skirka meets with Dmitri and asks for the material exclusively, WikiLeaks refuses.

Outside Zjenauzen, Kazakhstan (03:44)

WikiLeaks stops to interview oil workers who are on a hunger strike. Other media outlets will not report their story because the Mayor forbade it. Footage of killed oil workers appears on the internet a few weeks later.

Driving through Kazakhstan (02:33)

Dmitri got fired when he wrote an article on Swedish journalists feeling censored. Two of the reporters retracted their statements. He learned to make his articles 100 times better when reporting on journalists.

Location: Kyrgyzstan (02:54)

When "Secret/ Noforn" is written on documents it means allied states are not allowed to read its contents. The foreign minister asked the U.S. for help putting propaganda in the local press. Watch footage of the revolution that took place a few months prior.

No Censorship on Radio Liberty (04:41)

Sultanbek Joumagulov believes that Kyrgyzstan will become a role model in central Asia. His employers refuse to sign WikiLeaks' memorandum. "Radio Liberty" is financed by the U.S. Congress.

Location: Afghanistan (03:21)

The U.S. Ambassador met with the governor of Mazar e Sharif who complained about the Swedish presence in the region. Ann-Charlotte Malm tries to balance a military presence with humanitarian aid. The Swedish government funds the Institute for War and Peace.

Calling IWPR (02:35)

Anne-Charlotte Malm gives WikiLeaks the phone number for the IWPR. Enayat, a local journalist, describes the day of the United Nations attack. He made $10,000-$12,000 from stories, pictures, videos, and texts he sent to newspapers and television stations worldwide.

Meeting IWPR (03:01)

Johannes, Dmitri, and Enayat meet with Qayum Babak. He is reticent to sign the memorandum, because recently a journalist he knew was sentenced to death. Enayat agrees to sign and will filter information to Babak.

Second Thoughts (04:02)

Enayat discusses his concerns with Assange over Skype. Assange does not know exactly how risky the situation is, but cautions Enayat to not make a public statement of possessing the materials or saying he is acting alone. Enayat is hoping to collaborate with several journalists.

Location: Turkmenistan (03:43)

Jeb Bush met with the President of Turkmenistan to explore the possibility of exporting oil to the U.S. Parliament member Vladimir Gubanov was appointed editor-in-chief of the newspaper founded by the country’s president. Gubanov does not believe in freedom of speech.

WikiLeaks Group Deported (03:40)

Vladimir Komorav describes how Turkmenistan does not need criticism from its journalists and prefers to post pictures of landscapes. The web editor for "Neutral Turkmenistan" criticizes workers who do not complete their quota. When the car breaks down, Assange engages the Swedish Ambassador in London, the Foreign Ministry in Sweden, Dmitry's editors, the former ambassador in Uzbekistan and Jan Helin to find them.

Location: Ellington Hall, England (03:57)

WikiLeaks' members discuss how publishing the cables are more profitable than writing stories. Often, reporters will say they possess no boundaries to free speech, but upon closer examination, they will censor themselves. The members argue what those boundaries are.

Companies Can Sue (03:47)

Assange interviews Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of "The Guardian." Rusbridger explains that the newspaper redacted several portions of the cables because of legal considerations.

Redacting Information (04:15)

Rusbridger agrees that "The Guardian" could have been more explicit in why they redacted certain information. The newspaper was approached by the U.S. Embassy in London and the State Department to ascertain which documents Rusbridger would publish. Assange feels that change will occur because of the documents being published.

Location: Washington, DC (03:56)

Hillary Clinton flies to Astana to address the WikiLeaks' documents. P.J. Crowley, the Assistant Secretary of State denies that the United States Government has pressured a news agency to not release information. He elaborates that the "New York Times" is not like WikiLeaks because the newspaper knew that human lives are at risk and voluntarily decided to not publish some material.

Location: New York City (02:47)

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations begin in New York. A reporter from the New York Post spends the night in Zuccotti Park. She describes it as "lawless."

Start of the General Assembly (03:49)

Dmitri interviews Bill Keller, executive editor of "The New York Times." He was approached about having a meeting with the intelligence community about the WikiLeaks' material. The government felt a communique should not be published and then the editors would make a decision.

De-Stabilizing a Country (04:00)

Keller did not initially publish an article on the wiretapping program was because he felt that it could help those who wanted to attack America. "The New York Times" redacted names of people whose lives could be put in danger from the WikiLeaks' material. Keller feels it would be irresponsible to publish everything.

Fallout From Leaks (02:58)

In January 2013 Manning admitted to leaking materials to Wikileaks and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Odinaev explained to the officers at Guantanamo Bay he did not need a passport to cross the border into Afghanistan. Assange remains a political refugee in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since September, 2013.

Credits: Mediastan (03:00)

Credits: Mediastan

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A small group of Wikileaks journalists make their way through Central Asia interviewing newspaper editors. Their real goal: to find local media outlets to publish secret US diplomatic cables. This intelligent, guerrilla-style doc follows their fascinating journey from Afghanistan to Manhattan, through the boundaries of free speech and the minds of those who shape our understanding of the world.

Length: 95 minutes

Item#: BVL118377

ISBN: 978-1-63521-491-8

Copyright date: ©2013

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