Separating one’s nurtured nationalistic tendencies from one’s capacity for rational observation is difficult when those tendencies are viscerally invoked in a global controversy, but sometimes all it takes is a perspective from a different nation to help us find our way. Sweden has produced a television documentary that aired on the 9th of December dealing with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. One can hardly claim that, in the current environment regarding Assange’s legal status there, that Sweden is “pro” Assange, so the etiology, if not origins, of this production is difficult to assail. As one who has read and watched virtually everything available on Assange and WikiLeaks, even going back to Assange’s youth, I think this presentation is accurate in large measure.
Swedish television documentary of December 9 on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange WikiLeaks Rebels: The Documentary
WARNING: the graphic depictions in the war video are extremely difficult to watch and absolutely NOT for the faint of heart or children. If you have only seen short videos of what happened in the Baghdad suburb, prepare yourself. Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” too, from a Swedish perspective, makes a commentary, but I suspect that those in charge of editing this Swedish documentary are not likely to have been as aware of the visceral reaction many Americans would have to this piece of music post Viet Nam as one might be inclined to believe. This is a Swedish Television production, though, after all.
Anyway, I’m interested–as I suspect Ryan will be–in hearing people’s reaction who have watched the entire hour. If you find this link after the video is no longer available, you can find it on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
The more Americans know about Julian Assange and the work of WikiLeaks in a global context, the better they will appreciate the arguments implicit in a context that makes Assange and WikiLeaks relevant and worthy or our support and unfailing respect.