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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Julian Assange
Adrian Lamo
Bradley Manning
Michael Hayden
James Ball.
Directors
Alex Gibney.
Screenwriters
Running Time
130 minutes

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We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks
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Plot
When troubled US Army private Bradley Manning released secret military and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks, he unwittingly set in motion a cycle of recrimination and panic that spanned the globe. At its heart sits the complex, crusading figure of Julian Assange.


Review
We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks

With so much source material available it’s hard to see what Alex Gibney might bring to freshen the story of Wikileaks, Julian Assange and whistleblower Bradley Manning. Though a documentary it plays like fiction, and Manning’s story is especially heartbreaking, a conflicted soldier thrown to Obama’s wolves. Assange preens in and out of shot though never as an interviewee (he’s since denounced the film) while making the transition from moral crusader to egocentric figurehead, as ex-CIA officials appear to concur that, perhaps, there are too many secrets choking our world.


Verdict
Alex Gibney adds to his forensic examinations of Enron and Abu Ghraib with another fine documentary. Undeterred by grey areas or the hostility of his subject, the filmmaker tackles one of the stories of our times with dynamism and smarts.


Reviewed by Philip Wilding

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RE: Not a credible documentary; a biased hit job

L: Arbed121 In Empire's interview with Alex Gibney today, there's this: Q: Do you think it's possible that they did something similar with Sweden and the extradiction of Julian Assange? Alex Gibney: It's possible, ed into it. When I started the film I was convinced that it was a conspiracy, I just haven't found any evidence that it was. Nobody's been able to show me any evidence. e didn't look very hard. In fact, the evidence was staring him in the face two pages on from ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 18:20, 01 August 2013 | Report This Post


A documentary likely to be mired in politics

I liked this documentary and think that it is a good example of the way that documentarians change their focus as they research and build the documentary. Gibney clearly has a sympathy for the cause of Wikileaks and, in particular, the plight of Bradley Manning and, I also believe, he expected to warm to the message of Julian Assange. However, it is clear that Gibney sees Assange as the classic example of the phenomeneon of "good cause corruption" whereby the good cause promoted by someone ge... More

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Posted by Groovy Mule at 17:40, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


Wilkie pedo

Who really gives a fuck about this guy? Isn't he just a massive peado who had a couple of pst files. Give this a miss ... More

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Posted by tokin5000 at 07:54, 14 July 2013 | Report This Post


Not a credible documentary; a biased hit job

In Empire's interview with Alex Gibney today, there's this: Q: Do you think it's possible that they did something similar with Sweden and the extradiction of Julian Assange? Alex Gibney: It's possible, ed into it. When I started the film I was convinced that it was a conspiracy, I just haven't found any evidence that it was. Nobody's been able to show me any evidence. Well, he didn't look very hard. In fact, the evidence was staring him in the face two pages on from the photo of a torn ... More

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Posted by Arbed121 at 10:44, 13 July 2013 | Report This Post


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