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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

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Alex Gibney

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Alex Gibney
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John 'FuzzFace' McMahon John 'FuzzFace' McMahon ... Himself - NASA Network Administrator (as John 'Fuzface' McMahon)
Alex Gibney ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Julian Assange ... Himself - Founder, WikiLeaks (archive footage)
Robert Manne Robert Manne ... Himself - Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne (as Prof. Robert Manne)
Heather Brooke Heather Brooke ... Herself - Journalist
Michael Hayden ... Himself - Former NSA and CIA Director (as Gen. Michael Hayden)
J. William Leonard J. William Leonard ... Himself - U.S. Government Classification Czar
Daniel Domscheit-Berg Daniel Domscheit-Berg ... Himself - Former WikiLeaks Spokesperson
Smári McCarthy Smári McCarthy ... Himself - Icelandic Digital Freedom Society
Birgitta Jónsdóttir Birgitta Jónsdóttir ... Herself - Icelandic Parliamentarian
Adrian Lamo ... Himself - Hacker
Timothy Douglas Webster Timothy Douglas Webster ... Himself - Former Army Counterintelligence Agent (as Tim Webster)
Chelsea Manning ... Herself - WikiLeaks Source (archive footage) (as Bradley Manning)
Jason Edwards Jason Edwards ... Himself - Friend of Bradley Manning
Nick Nick ... Himself - Served with Bradley Manning
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

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The truth has consequences.

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Rated R for some disturbing violent images, language and sexual material | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Előttünk nincsenek titkok: A WikiLeaks története See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,689, 26 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$158,932, 16 June 2013
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Julian Assange: You talk of times of peace for all, and then prepare for war.
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A pro Wikileaks documentary, but against Assange?
17 June 2013 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

This two hour documentary attempts to tell the story of Wikileaks and does so using TV footage, interviews with government people and former Wikileaks employees and even Adrian Lamo.

Is it a fair documentary? I don't really know. It builds the case against Assange, but it keeps a friendly and supportive view of Wikileaks. It shows that Bradley Manning is practically being tortured under US incarceration, but does its best to describe the boy as an uber-gay mal-adapted geek. It seems to try to be as objective as possible, but does not interview either Assange or Manning and makes them both look like defective weirdos.

My opinion? If this were a politically commanded documentary, then it is a very subtle one, trying to polarize the audience, break any collaboration between Assange and his former employees and fans, even going so far as to show the regret of Adrian Lamo (the guy that ratted out Manning) when he cries on camera, so that he can never be an objective party in the story. This is the usual way official documentaries work, though. They gain power through polarization.

But if this is not a political order, then the documentary doesn't actually say much, other than go through a weak and one sided timeline amongst the various special effects and dramatic music that fill the movie and make it rather boring. At one time I fell asleep while watching it.

Therefore I cannot rate it but below average. I have this fear that the makers of the film were actually trying to show the story and report it accurately, but I fell into the trap of sympathizing with one side or another, but then again, if they wanted objectivity, they should have surfed the middle line, not throw Assange to the wolves.


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