We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks

We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks

Alex Gibney (2013)

124min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Released at a time when WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are still making the news, this film affords a fresh and fascinating insight into the internet phenomenon. Documentary specialist Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Mea Maxima Culpa) analyses the key events in the story - from the leak of classified information regarding the war in Afghanistan to the rape scandal that led Assange to seek refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London - and in the process creates a real-life spy thriller. The greatest intrigue is derived from a probing dissection of Assange, whose idealism and egotism are both laid bare in a complex, intimate portrait. Despite his refusal to be interviewed, the fly-on-the-wall footage means we do hear from the man and, more revealingly, see him basking in the limelight. Similarly, Gibney's use of chat-room transcripts creates a poignant and disturbing picture of soldier Bradley Manning, who was imprisoned for blowing the whistle on misconduct by the US military in Afghanistan. This isn't the whole story by any means, but it does fill in some of the gaps in the news coverage with startling impact.

Summary

Documentary exploring the history of the controversial website, examining how it was originally set up and its transition from exposing corporate corruption to becoming a pivotal element in one of the largest intelligence leaks in the history of the United States. The film examines how these events have affected public attitudes to secrecy, privacy and the right to information.

Cast & Crew

Julian Assange Julian Assange
Director Alex Gibney

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalReleased on: 12 Jul 2013
Documentary