We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Synopsis: A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Gibney
Production: Focus World
  Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
76
Rotten Tomatoes:
91%
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Year:
2013
130 min
£158,932
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NEWS ANCHOR 3:
I think Assange

should be assassinated, actually...

NEWS ANCHOR 4:

No, he's a hero...

NEWS ANCHOR 5:
What he did

was extremely devastating...

NEWS ANCHOR 6:
This guy's

going to strike again.

PROTESTERS:
[CHANTING] Free Julian Assange!

Free Julian Assange!

What drives you?

Well, I like being creative.

I mean, I've been an inventor,

designing systems and

processes for a long time.

I also like

defending victims.

And I'm a combative person,

so I like crushing bastards.

And so this sort of profession

combines all those three things.

So it is personally

deeply satisfying to me.

INTERVIEWER:
But is crushing bastards,

in its own right, a just cause?

Depends on the bastard.

[CHUCKLES]

I see the story entirely

as one man against the world.

One man against the world.

Julian is this very

radical visionary.

Julian was onto something

really extraordinary.

He's an extremely clever, brave,

dedicated, hard-working guy

with a brilliant idea

that he managed to execute.

NARRATOR:
Julian Assange

was obsessed with secrets,

keeping his own and unlocking those

of governments and corporations.

The Internet is not

a good place for secrets.

Cyberspace is like

a galaxy of passageways,

constantly moving

streams of data.

With a simple computer,

anyone can enter and explore.

That's what Julian Assange

liked to do, explore.

He liked to use trap doors to enter

where he wasn't supposed to go,

to find secrets

and expose them.

He built a machine for leaking

secrets and called it "WikiLeaks."

The website boasted

an electronic drop box

that could receive

secrets sent by people

who didn't want to

reveal who they were.

Once WikiLeaks

had the secrets,

it would publish them across

servers, domain names, and networks

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Alex Gibney

Philip Alexander "Alex" Gibney (born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".His works as director include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. more…

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