It was set to be an illuminating online conversation with one of the world’s most controversial figures.
But Al Jazeera’s livestreamed talk with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was cut short on YouTube Thursday, inexplicably the victim of a copyright claim by NBC Universal.
Visitors who tried to watch the talk, hosted by Al Jazeera’s The Stream, were greeted with the message “This video contains content from NBC Universal, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.”
It’s unclear what, exactly, that’s supposed to mean, as NBC Universal and Al Jazeera are separate companies. The Stream tweeted to the Daily Dot that it “was an automatic block by YouTube which we’re disputing.” NBC Universal didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment.
The Website for the lawyer representing Bradley Manning, an Army enlisted man held without trial for two years in the Wikileaks case, says he has offer to plead guilty to some of the lesser charges he faces.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up inside Ecuador’s embassy in London to avoid extradition, would leave the embassy and face arrest if the Latin American country turned down his asylum request, his colleague said on Thursday.