WikiRebels: Swedish docufilm on WikiLeaks chronicles a new form of global resistance

By Rady Ananda
Global Research

“What we have here is a new breed of rebels, IT guerrillas without a national base.”

Finally, in response to globalized eco-destruction, globalized wars, and globalized banking that robs national and personal wealth, we now have globalized resistance so profound, so effective, that global elites are waging a massive censorship campaign to silence the group, WikiLeaks, and smear its figurehead, Julian Assange.

Sweden’s public service television, SVT, is about to broadcast a deeply-moving, one-hour documentary chronicling the history of WikiLeaks, after having followed the crew for six months. An uninterrupted rough cut of the film can be viewed here until December 13.  Though the film arrives in the midst of questionable rape charges, with Assange currently in custody, the story has timely relevance with global interest in him and his website.

Producers: Bosse Lindquist and Jesper Huor
Executive Producer: Johan Branstad
Publisher: Ingemar Persson and SVT
2010, 58 mins.

In WikiRebels, we learn about the early hacker life of Julian Assange, and his later decision to form an organization where whistleblowers can anonymously pass information that documents crime and immorality. His stated goal is to expose injustice, and nothing exemplifies this more than the leaked film entitled “Collateral Murder.”

Published in April of 2010, the military video drew global attention for the callous reaction of the US soldiers who shot unarmed civilians in Baghdad in 2007, even killing a father who happened upon the murder scene while driving his children to school. WikiRebels shows other films released by WikiLeaks, and catalogs the most significant leaks since its 2006 inception, including the Iceland banking scandal, Kenya corruption and death squads, and toxic dumping in Cote D’Ivoire.

Assange’s stated hope was that alternative media would disseminate the leaks – amounting to over a million documents to date – in a way that would drive positive change.  In the film (and in various interviews), he expressed disappointment that alternative media has mostly been unable to adequately analyze and synthesize the data contained in the massive data dumps.  So, the whistleblower organization turned to corporate media, with its deep pockets. The Guardian (UK), Der Spiegel (Germany) and the New York Times (US) brokered a deal to publish their analysis of the documents at the same time.

Though this controversy is not mentioned in the rough cut of WikiRebels, such a move launched widespread suspicion that the group is part of a carefully contrived psychological operation. I discount this in Criminalizing Whistleblowers: Wikileaks and America’s SHIELD Legislation. Speculation about the source of the documents is much easier than analyzing the thousands of released documents.

One independent news source,, reports that Assange accepted payment from Israel to delete any U.S. diplomatic cables that portray Israel poorly (as if anything could mar its reputation any worse than it already is). The source of this information, however, is Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former disgruntled employee of WikiLeaks.

WikiRebels gives Domscheit-Berg plenty of face time to present his views on WikiLeaks, and to voice his complaints about Assange. The most salient complaint might be the decision to release tens of thousands of documents at once, instead of a slower and more careful release, “to grow the project.”  Domscheit-Berg promises to start a new whistleblower site that will pass leaked material to the media, apparently in an amount and at a rate that he believes the public can digest.

The film clearly makes the point that, regardless of the controversies, the WikiLeaks disclosures benefit democracy. One web comment articulates this most succinctly: “Secrecy is the cloak behind which too many crimes are hidden these days.”

Even Domscheit-Berg admits, “What I really learned in the last three years is that a difference can be made bottom up, and not only top down.”

At the end of WikiRebels, Iceland TV journalist, Kristinn Hrafnsson concludes, “Democracy without transparency is not democracy.”

WikiRebels has also been posted on youtube:

7 responses to “WikiRebels: Swedish docufilm on WikiLeaks chronicles a new form of global resistance

  1. LOL.
    And now for the truth about Wikileaks, about as obvious as it gets:

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  3. I have said all along that Assange is a hero, if one can excuse such a lame term. I never believed that he was psy-ops. I think that Berg is disgruntled, perhaps rightfully so, but he seems to be jealous of the limelight which Assange has found himself in, with or without personal objection on his part. That WikiLeaks IS changing the discourse and game goes without saying. If other groups like Berg’s want to get in the game, the better. UNLESS it is to obfuscate perception with more and conflicting data that makes poeple wonder wherein lies the truth. As that former KGB op said in his interview – one part of destabilization is getting the people not to know what the truth is and/or getting them to be unable to act upon it.

    As for Assange, doesn’t anyone else think it WRONG that he was arrested (albeit he turned himself in) for charges that have not been legally levied, held for an enormous amount of bail, still not released, and now treated as a Bond-like enemy of the state of Prof. Moriarty character…whilst Holder and crew try to find ways to extradite him to the US in oder to, as the KGB man said, ‘stand him up against a wall and shoot him”? Its too obvious. And the US is playing its part soooo perfectly. My question to Holder, Clinton, Obama and co. is this: if Assange is NOT telling the truth, it would be easy to disprove him, and there would be nothing for you to sqwauk about. So, what are you all hiding under YOUR SKIRTS?????? PErsonally, I will take Assange’s side down the line. and you, you spooks out there who keep up with sites like this one, can put that in your pipe and smoke up, and learn the truth. I wish I could stick my tongue out in print, because that is what I would love to do – you, America, have brought the level of discourse about the Truth down to an infant’s. HANDS OFF ASSANGE!!!

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