'WikiLeaks' has become world famous in record time after having made the biggest disclosure of classified information in history. There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of information available to the world about everything from torture in the war in Iraq to the shady business dealings of Icelandic bankers. But few know anything about what drives WikiLeaks or about its mysterious founder Julian Assange, declared a hero by some and accused of everything from espionage to rape by others. Who are the people behind WikiLeaks and how did they get where they are today?
We are in the midst of a revolution, with a new brand of rebels headed by an IT guerilla with no national base, who has become a global power in no time. But what few people realise is that the publishing of classified American documents is only a small step along the way, in a long-term political and ideological struggle.
WikiLeaks' ambition is to change the entire world using information as its weapon. The idea is to combat all the secretiveness of government and industry in order to expose all the hidden criminality and abuse of power. The struggle is waged from students’ flats, hotel rooms, cafés and server halls all over the world.
In WikiRebels, Jesper Huor and Bosse Lindquist follow the organisation’s development, from back when its founder Julian Assange was a teenager, hacking into the army’s mainframe computers, up until the present. Along the way, the documentary recounts how WikiLeaks has posted millions of classified documents on the web and blown the whistle on everything from corrupt African presidents to swindling Swiss and Icelandic bankers.
Assange and several of the organisation’s key players appear in the programme, giving their first in-depth interviews. The documentary will also be the very first to give a detailed account of the central role that was and is still being played by two small countries on the northern edge of Europe – Sweden and Iceland.
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