We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

This documentary from the USA takes an in-depth look at the man behind the headlines. As the world's most audacious hacker, Julian Assange is both famous and infamous. Featured in the 2013 Seattle International Film Festival, this film produced by Marc Schumger and directed by Alex Gibney invites us to take a closer look.

We see snapshots from his childhood, hear of his youth and then see the staggering number of classified documents he obtained, revealing diplomatic correspondence, top-secret military information and thousands of other closely held materials from governments and other agencies around the world. One of the interviewees likened Assange's actions as an adult version of the children's game, "Capture the Flag," with publication of the documents being his way of standing atop the hill waving the flag. Of course not all the documents have been published, but part of THAT issue is the sheer numbers involved.

One of his most prolific informants was a deeply troubled young military man named Bradley Manning. This film explores the issues that confront him, why he did what he did and who turned him in.

We see the women behind the accusations of rape filed against Assange and hear their side of the story. We watch activists in their Guy Fawkes masks arrayed outside the buildings where hearings are held. We watch as Assange soars to rock-star status, then we see the WikiLeaks empire implode.

As of this writing, Assange is still living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, with no resolution in sight.
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