Wikileaks uploaded a searchable archive of the leaked information and a July 2014 email thread between Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton and the program’s host Henry Louis Gates Jr.
“Confidentially, for the first time, one of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors—the fact that he owned slaves,” Gates writes to Lynton. “We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?”
Although Gates said the censorship request would “would be a violation of PBS rules, actually, even for Batman” and “would embarrass him and compromise our integrity,” he did eventually remove the material from the episode.
Unfortunately, for Batman the censored information was not safe from the Internet.