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From inside the maze

Risk
Regissør: Laura Poitras
(Tyskland/USA)

Risk is incomplete as a study of the WikiLeaks and Julian Assange website, but an interesting human document.

“Selfish, but also brave. He works with the image of himself – he is strong, but also very vulnerable. ”This is one of the first thoughts Laura Poitras – best known for Citizenfour, the solid documentary about Edward Snowden from 2014 – does when she works on her new film about Australian Julian Assange.

Assange is the man behind the biggest channel for leakage online of more or less secret info. Poitras' reflections on the protagonist and WikiLeaks regularly appear in voice-over throughout the film. The director is obviously his admirer, but she also fears him, yes, she does confounded by him: He is more erratic, has a bigger ego and is more concerned with using the information he has access to than Snowden. Both are whistleblowers in a way, but where Snowden had a clear mission – a limited, defined mandate – it's more unclear what role Assange plays.

Is sharing democratic? Assange believes that "the population deserves to know what is actually happening behind the scenes", which especially applies to large news organizations and state apparatus, including intelligence organizations. A key moment for WikiLeaks, which carries this ideology, took place the site published a video showing US soldiers killing Iraqis wandering the streets – accompanied by contemptuous. . .

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Kjetil Røed
Freelance writer.

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