We Steal Secrets

We Steal Secrets

The Story of Wikileaks

DVD - 2011
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A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, about Julian Assange and the creation of Wikileaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in the U.S. history. Paralleling Assange's rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, and multi-layered expose about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Home Video, c2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jun 14, 2019

Alex Gibney’s even-handed documentary concentrates not so much on the muck Wikileaks managed to rake up but rather on Assange himself as he morphed from arrogant young warrior hellbent on holding governments accountable—at least the AMERICAN government—by publicly airing their dirty laundry online, to a modern day Messiah who could do no wrong, to a Howard Hughes-type recluse holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London whose mounting paranoia—not entirely without reason—alienated him from former allies. Using as much original footage as possible be it military surveillance videos, a bevy of talking heads from both sides of the aisle, or interviews and candid home movies, Gibney weaves a complicated, and at times contradictory, picture of a man who remains complicated and contradictory himself. “The Truth Will Set You Free” may be a comforting aphorism, but in the case of Julian Assange and Wikileaks “truth” can be a relative term and it always comes at a cost. Ironically, Gibney got the title for his documentary not from Assange but from a quote by former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden who was describing how governments operate.

Jan 14, 2019

Directed by Alex Gibney in 2013, this 130-minute documentary delves into the activities of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
It covers a period of several decades, including the 1989 WANK worm attack on NASA computers, originally thought to threaten the Galileo spacecraft,
and the founding of Wikileaks in 2006 as well as coverage of several key events: its 2009–2010 leaks about the Icelandic financial collapse, Swiss banking tax evasion, Kenyan government corruption, toxic-waste dumping, and Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning's communications with Adrian Lamo regarding the Iraq and Afghanistan war documents, diplomatic cables, and video.
Interview subjects include Julian Assange, Heather Brooke, James Ball, Donald Bostom, Nick Davies, Mark Davis, Jason Edwards, Timothy Douglas Webster, Michael Hayden, Adrian Lamo and other experts.
It is a spellbinding and thought-provoking documentary.
If you believe in transparency in the information age and object to the government monopoly of information, this film is a must-see.

Apr 10, 2017

Very interesting documentary. It was good to hear all sides of the story. Two hours way too long.

Quimeras Aug 12, 2015

It seems to me that “We Steal Secrets” covered a story in progress. Perhaps it would have been better to wait for new developments in order to get a more complete picture of events.

May 11, 2015

I believe this to be a true account of the rise & fall of Wickileaks. So many folks were interviewed, you're bound to get slanted views if Assage and Bradley Manning.

Mar 30, 2015

This is NOT a documentary, but a contrived defamation of character.
The misrepresentations, errors, and false statements in this movie are noted (with citations) on this website: https://wikileaks.org/IMG/html/gibney-transcript.html

NewYorkViews Mar 17, 2015

Too much about the personal issues of J. Assange and B. Manning, and not enough about Wikileaks. I was not sure that the personal problems of J. Assange and B. Manning were not some part of an experimentation program done on them--none of that possibility was mentioned. There was not enough about how Wikileaks helped the news media obtain important information. What was interesting was that some of the "classified" information that was reported in the papers/magazines by reporters was also in a book, but Wikileaks ran into trouble because they had a VIDEO of the event online--even though the text was okay'd for print and mass marketed. Legal Wikileak issues like these made the movie interesting, but not enough of this was mentioned. Too much focus on just Wikileaks regarding USA classified documents, more on global classified documents should have been mentioned.

Jul 13, 2014

It definitely wasn't a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller. It confirmed how I heard he got his "secrets". It made it seem like he knew what was best for all, as long as it was his way. It made me, and hopefully everyone else who saw it, to think and decide for themselves if they thought what he did was right or wrong.

harrybrowne May 23, 2014

I can see why Julian Assange hated this doc; it portrays him as noble but mostly unflatteringly, and it deifies Manning. Very well produced but has such an obvious bias that you question the authenticity. Assange - and Manning - both are heroes to me and very courageous. And they both suffered tremendously for their efforts. A must-see for anyone who still trusts their government.

Feb 06, 2014

Alex Gibney has emerged as our most consistently engaged, provocative political documentarians (sorry, Michael Moore). He's made films about Enron, terrorism, Eliot Spitzer, Hunter Thompson, Jack Abramoff and, most recently, Lance Armstrong. He's clearly interested in troubled, difficult men, which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange certainly is. Whatever your views on Wikileaks, Assange, who is not interviewed here because he wanted a million dollar fee, is a complex figure, who clearly has issues with egoism and narcissism and does not present a very sympathetic figure. There are really a few movies here and you sometimes feel Gibney should have made this as a mini-series. There is the story of Assange and Wikileaks, the story of Bradley Manning, who caused the biggest document leak in U.S. history and an investigation of the American intelligence community and what the government keeps from its people. Still, it's an important, compelling documentary about some of the major issues facing us today.

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aaa5756 Jan 19, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 Jan 19, 2014

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."- George Orwell


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