Thank you, State Department, for showing us your hypocrisy

Oh the irony:

The US State Department has released their list of films for the 2011 “American Documentary Showcase,” a program that brings their approved documentaries to audiences around the world to “offer a view of American society and culture.”

Amongst the list of selected titles, surprisingly, was “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.”

It’s a fine choice, of course, and a splendid documentary, but with the State Department railing against WikiLeaks it seems odd for them to be celebrating a laudatory documentary on the last major whistleblower officials were trying to spin as a grave threat to national security.

Then again maybe it’s just a matter of time healing all wounds – maybe the State Department will be celebrating a WikiLeaks documentary in another 40 years.

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