On The Media: “The Fifth Estate”

I decided to listen to “The Fifth Estate” from On the Media. Although I have heard the term Wikileaks a countless amount of times, I never knew exactly what it meant. This segment was really interesting because it allowed the listeners to hear from someone on the inside. They mentioned the documentary a number of times. I think it is important to note that there was a documentary before the movie came out. I never heard of either one of these films before this Podcast and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that this is not something in the mainstream media. Maybe this is because exposing Wikileaks and those involved may be a controversial subject? Another really interesting part of this segment was hearing about how James Ball got involved in Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Assange does not like the idea of this movie one bit which seems to make sense. However it is even crazier to hear something like this confirmed by someone who personally knows him. I am sure that whenever a movie is made about someone or something a person is passionate about it is uncomfortable. Assange seems to be unhappy with the idea of Wikileaks going public through a film, but he is contradicting himself. He did the same thing with very important information.

 

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