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Mediastan: A WikiLeaks Road Movie (2013)

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Mediastan is a 2013 documentary film about the 2010 United States diplomatic cables leak, directed by Johannes Wahlström and produced by Julian Assange, Rebecca O'Brien, and Lauren Dark. "Stan", also spelt "sthan" is a word that means place or region.

Its release was timed to challenge that of The Fifth Estate, a film dramatization about Wikileaks which Assange has described as a "propaganda attack" against the organization.

In May 2010 US army analyst Private Manning was arrested in Iraq on suspicion of having passed state secrets to the online publisher WikiLeaks. Manning was accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic and military documents.

Shortly thereafter a small group of journalists made their way through Central Asia interviewing editors. Their real goal: to find local media outlets to publish the secret US diplomatic cables.

Mediastan is a journey from Afghanistan to Manhattan, through the boundaries of freedom of speech. Venturing into the minds of those who shape our understanding of the world.