Statement concerning Laura Poitras’s film “Risk”

Source: Newsweek
by Margaret Ratner Kunstler, Demorah Hrbek, Ranata Avila & Melinda Taylor

“We are lawyers for WikiLeaks. We are speaking out because we believe that Laura Poitras’s film Risk, released in U.S. theaters on May 5 this year, places our clients in legal jeopardy. The film serves to undermine WikiLeaks just as the Trump administration has announced that it intends to prosecute its journalists, editors and associates. Our first issue with Risk is that the film was edited in New York, where the raw footage can more easily be seized by the U.S. government. By moving the editing location from Berlin to the U.S., Poitras has endangered our clients and reneged on written agreements with WikiLeaks that explicitly forbid her from editing the footage in the United States. …Poitras has also violated her unambiguous promise to the subjects of the film that they would have an opportunity to review the film in advance and request changes, and that they could decline to appear if they or their lawyers felt that the movie put them at risk.” (05/17/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/wikileaks-attorneys-blast-citizenfour-maker-poitras-610362