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Discovery Channel brings special program on Wikileaks

Discovery Channel’s hard-hitting programme to give an insight into the decade’s greatest controversy.

April 8, 2011:

Last October, a website created a stir by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic and military documents on the Iraq War.  The documents revealed, among other things, how the State Department ordered diplomats to spy on foreign officials.  Chronicling the alarming event, Discovery Channel’s hard-hitting programme WIKILEAKS: WAR, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE investigate the website, WikiLeaks that has given rise to one of the greatest controversies of the last decade.

The one-off special, WIKILEAKS: WAR, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE will premiere on Discovery Channel on Friday, April22ndat 9 pm.  The programme will repeat on Sunday, April 24th at 10 pm.

Commenting on the programme, Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager - India, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific said, “Discovery Channel is dedicated to bringing high-quality content based on real life incidents. The programme Wikileaks: War, Lies and Videotape offer intriguing insight into the WikiLeaks controversy and how it has unraveled in the media spotlight.”

WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organization that publishes submissions of private, secret and classified media from anonymous news sources and news leaks after investigations and proofs.  In late 2010, the website courted controversy by publishing hundreds of thousands of classified US diplomatic and military documents.

From the site’s inception through to the current conspiracy allegations, this investigative programme follows the story chronologically of the charismatic founder of the website and new enemy number one of the Pentagon - Julian Assange.  The programme features exclusive interviews with Assange who speaks about the organization’s motives and the impact it has had around the globe.

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 also includes an interview with former number two and spokesperson of the WikiLeaks team, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, before he opens his own whistle blowing website and publishes a novel about “his time at the world’s most dangerous website.”
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