Dreamworks' upcoming movie The Fifth Estate about WikiLeaks is "a lie upon a lie," says Julian Assange. "It fans the flames to start a war with Iran... So that’s the reality of where we’re at. Not merely a war of intelligence agencies, but a war of corrupt media, corrupt culture."
A little complicated, I'm going to explain a rash of transcripts I hope to post. Thanks to Lambert for giving me the opportunity.
The Oxford Union in January hosted the Sam Adams Awards for Integrity in Intelligence, where this year American Tom Fingar won the award for overseeing the 2007 NIE Estimate on Iran. "A consummate intelligence professional, Fingar would not allow the NIE to be 'fixed around the policy,' the damning phrase used in the famous 'Downing St. Memo' of July 23, 2002 to describe the unconscionable process that served up fraudulent intelligence to 'justify' war with Iraq," said the press release. Past award winners and associates also spoke, including 2010 winner Julian Assange by video link, the YouTube of which Oxford Union posted right away. Controversy ensued when the Guardian's Amelia Hill wrote a column saying Assange found "no allies and tough queries" at the Union. Craig Murray, who also spoke that evening, was furious at Hill's portrayal and posted a rebuttal with video embedded, Amelia Hill is a Dirty Liar. Who you gonna believe, the Guardian or your lying eyes? (Disclosure: I ♥ Murray.)
Murray's latest blog post now has a YouTube of him and some of the other speakers that night, finally posted by Oxford Union two months after the fact, so guess what the next transcript I post will be. (Sorry, Oxford Union posted Fingar's YouTube in February, but I haven't transcribed it.)
As always, help with proofing much appreciated. Read below the fold...