Navy shows WikiLeaks movie at Guantánamo, where surfing WikiLeaks website’s a crime

11/25/2013 6:54 PM

09/28/2014 2:27 AM

Call it a popular culture clash. Call it the real world intruding on the carefully controlled realm of Guantánamo’s detention center zone.

In a surreal juxtaposition, the Navy this weekend screened Hollywood’s The Fifth Estate for prison camp forces at Guantánamo — the base in Cuba where U.S. troops are on notice they could be court-martialed if they actually read WikiLeaks, the material that the movie’s about.

The $28 million cinematic thriller came out in October to both critical and box office disappointment. It grossed just $6.1 million worldwide and dramatizes the story of Julian Assange’s anti-secrecy group’s release of classified military and diplomatic documents, including secret profiles of the prisoners at Guantánamo.

Assange for his part has panned the movie as an unfair portrayal from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he’s taken political asylum. He remarked in a tweet to The Miami Herald this weekend that the choice of a Guantánamo screening came as no surprise.

“U.S. military bases are the only market left for this baleful anti-WikiLeaks snoozefest,” he said.

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Carol Rosenberg reports on Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the place, policy, people, war court.

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