We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks
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We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks
Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) takes the reins for this no-holds-barred look at one of the most unusual phenomena of early 21st century media. In 2006, an Iceland-based outfit called The Sunshine Press launched the website WikiLeaks.org. As run by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site's mandate involved regularly publishing top-secret documents and covert information, often regarding governments and their respective military operations. As might be expected, this set off a firestorm between those who admired the organization's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"This thorough, engrossing film shows how idealistic Aussie hacker Julian Assange took on the might of the US, exposing their military and diplomatic misconduct, then allowed his own murky personal life to tarnish his credibility."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A real-life cyber-thriller with real-life consequences, Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting and revelatory documentary ..."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Gibney does a good job surveying the history of WikiLeaks, but unfortunately, there is little left to say."
‑ Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge
"Words on the screen, their power to free you, and also entrap you - if this isn't the internet's deadly blessing, what is?"
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Outstanding, cool-headed documentary."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Sometimes it takes a feature-length documentary to stitch together a story we think we already know."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Gibney builds a remarkable level of suspense, given how exhaustively WikiLeaks has been covered in the media."
‑ Kristin Tillotson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It isn't propaganda, it's journalism. This is a very controversial film among Assange's followers because it shows Assange to be less than the Messiah they think he is. This provides an exit from news echo chambers."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The film creates an astonishing picture of the complex new world of internet communications, intelligence and the ever-expanding web of post-cold war secrecy."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Compelling, enlightening and utterly accessible, Gibney's ultra-slick pop-doc cleaves through the thorniest thicket of contemporary political issues to find, at its heart, two wholly human stories."
‑ Michael Leader, Film4
"A psychological suspense film with an open ending that's more haunting than the tricky climaxes of most post-Hitchcock thrillers."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Engaging, kinetic, revelatory and unexpected."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"A subtle trashing of Wikileaks by someone echoing the outlook of the NYT and the Guardian--anxious to make a buck off of the leaks but anxious to preserve the status quo."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Having recently released documentaries on clerical abuse, Mario Cuomo, Park Avenue, Lance Armstrong and, now, WikiLeaks, Gibney seems in danger of becoming an actualité machine."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"A breathless, dazzling and mind-blowingly complex 130-minute story."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
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