WikiLeaks: Cuba banned Sicko for depicting ‘mythical’ healthcare system

More WikiLeaks revelations to embarrass the left. Today, the Guardian reports the following: 

Cuba banned Michael Moore's 2007 documentary, Sicko, because it painted such a "mythically" favourable picture of Cuba's healthcare system that the authorities feared it could lead to a "popular backlash", according to US diplomats in Havana.

The revelation, contained in a confidential US embassy cable released by WikiLeaks , is surprising, given that the film attempted to discredit the US healthcare system by highlighting what it claimed was the excellence of the Cuban system.

But the memo reveals that when the film was shown to a group of Cuban doctors, some became so "disturbed at the blatant misrepresentation of healthcare in Cuba that they left the room".

Castro's government apparently went on to ban the film because, the leaked cable claims, it "knows the film is a myth and does not want to risk a popular backlash by showing to Cubans facilities that are clearly not available to the vast majority of them."

You know, the more and more I'm reading WikiLeaks stories, the more I'm starting to like them!  

UPDATE: Michael Moore disputes this

(Posted by TVA. h/t Reason)

Irony Thy Name Is GetUp!

I noticed today that far-left activist group GetUp! had, as their latest publicity stunt, a full page ad in the New York Times, defending Wikileaks and Julian Assange, because, As Thomas Jefferson said, "information is the currency of democracy.'" Which is fair enough, I don't want the guy assassinated either. Still, I found this particular little tidbit too deliciously amusing not to share:

After asking for people to sign their petition, they assure everyone that "your details are safe with us" and go on to state:

Privacy matters, and GetUp is totally committed to ensuring that your participation in our important work protects that privacy. 

We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorised access to or unauthorised alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorised access to systems where we store personal data.

 All individuals with access to data are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

Ahh irony. It's a great thing. 

(Posted by TVA)