Amazing Swedish documentary about WikiLeaks

The alert came via The Next Web this morning.

… quite simply a must watch.

The documentary is made by Swedish SVT, a television network that has been following Assange and Wikileaks since the summer of 2010. Reporters Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist travelled to the key countries where Wikileaks operates and managed to create this wonderful film.

It all just seems too perfectly planned for my liking. As if we’re all living in this Hollywood blockbuster where Assange plays the lead and others only manage to land a side role…

I downloaded the doco and have just watched it. It REALLY is must-see.

Just two other recent items that I have found thoughtful: Without the Bush presidency, would WikiLeaks have happened? and The Blog of War: WikiLeaks Exposes Business-as-Usual, and a New Battle Ensues.

Just one thought I have been having. There is no doubting the power of the Iraq material in that documentary, but would a WikiLeaks in the past have prevented the Iraq War? I honestly have my doubts. Even as it was the fact that Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction was only too sadly evident in 2002-3 — there were the UN inspections and people like Scott Ritter telling the truth, as it turned out, but it made no difference. Would a WikiLeaks have been able to prevent any of the wars of the 20th century? Sadly, I think not.

Needless to say, however, I am not one of those wanting Assange’s head on a platter. If not him, someone would eventually have released material that literally millions in the US already had access to. The US trusted too much in the security of its own systems. (Paper was harder to leak: you needed actual spies and minicameras and all that stuff. Not any more.

Pre-Christmas Random — 1

The Schools Spectacular

Was again spectacular. Each year I am just amazed by the talent our NSW State schools foster.

And last year:

Some pics from last night:



My trip to Sydney on Saturday to collect some copies of the South Sydney Herald extended to Chinatown:


My food shelf: the olive oil, however, is local, from the Wollongong Friday Market.

Result: I managed to replicate last night one of our favourite dishes from the late and sorely missed Chinese Whisper in Surry Hills: Buddha’s Vegetarian Delight!