Following its tough-minded documentary on WikiLeaks, PBS-Frontline is hosting a live chat on its website to discuss the controversies surrounding the film (WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said the documentary "misrepresents" his secret-leaking organization). For the live chat, PBS invited Brian Manning, the father of Bradley Manning, whose son is accused of leaking the trove of government documents to WikiLeaks. Interestingly, the live chat attracted another top-tier guest: Julian Assange. The international mystery man enters the discussion just as Frontline producers Martin Smith and Marcela Gaviria are elaborating on why they thought the documentary fairly portrayed Assange:
Then, a few minutes later, bam:
PBS says it can't verify any of the participants on its live chat but WikiLeaks has confirmed it was him. After a few moments, the two producers answer Assange's question directly:
About 20 minutes later, the live chat ends with a friendly goodbye from Manning's father and a professional sign off from the two producers:
Not a bad post-production experiment there, PBS.
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