22 Dec

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





WikiLeaks cables: US intervened in Michael Moore NZ screening

Embassy angered by ‘potential fiasco’ of cabinet minister hosting a showing of Fahrenheit 9/11

By Richard Adams in Washington

Film-maker Michael Moore
 Michael Moore: US officials panicked when they thought an NZ cabinet minister was hosting a showing of his film Fahrenheit 9/11. Photograph: Gary Calton/NetworkWhatever else WikiLeaks may have revealed, one fact has been repeatedly confirmed: the US government under George Bush really loathed the documentary filmmaker Michael Moore.

After a leaked cable from US diplomats in Havana falsely claimed Cuba had banned Moore’s documentary Sicko – when in fact it was shown on state television – another cable reveals US officials flying into a panic after hearing a rumour that a New Zealand cabinet minister was hosting a screening of Moore’s film Fahrenheit 9/11.

Labelling the event a “potential fiasco”, the classified cable from the US embassy in Wellington in 2003 reads like a failed plotline for an episode of In the Loop, breathlessly reporting a series of calls to the New Zealand prime minister’s office and to the minister involved, Marian Hobbs……………….


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