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%
R
Year:
2013
130 min
£158,932
Website
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[STATIC]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER ON TV]

NEWS ANCHOR 1:
Anti-nuclear

groups go to court to try to

block Thursday's

scheduled lift-off

of the shuttle Atlantis with its

payload of radioactive plutonium.

NEWS ANCHOR 2:
The shuttle

and legal challenges.

NASA lawyers must

go to court tomorrow

to help the shuttle Atlantis

and its Galileo spacecraft

escape from a unique

environmental challenge.

The mission could be

stalled on the launch pad.

At the center of the

controversy is Galileo,

a plutonium-powered

space probe

scheduled to be launched

from the shuttle's payload.

The argument's being made that

in the event of an accident,

cancer-causing plutonium

particles might be spread

over a wide area of Florida.

October 1989

JOHN McMAHON:
It was a Monday morning,

a few days before launching Galileo.

My management grabbed me

as soon as I came in.

[BELL RINGING]

And they said that there was a

worm that had been detected

somewhere out

on the network.

A worm is

a self-replicating program.

It actually breaks into a computer

and jumps from system to system.

At the time, they still

were very uncommon.

We didn't know

what it would do.

We knew it was malicious.

If the worm got

into a machine,

it would change the announcement

message and spelled out,

in little lines

and little characters,

W-A-N-K,

WANK, Worms Against

Nuclear Killers.

And below that, "You talk

of times of peace for all,

"and then prepare for war."

Oh, my God,

what the hell is this?

Most people didn't know

what the word "WANK" meant.

The worm made a panic.

You would be logged into your

machine and you'd get a message,

"Someone is watching you...

Vote anarchist!"

And suddenly they'd see,

"Deleted file-1, deleted

file-2, deleted file-3, "

and just keep going

and going and going.

And it would change the passwords,

so you couldn't get in to stop it.

It scared the hell out

of a lot of people.

They were afraid that WANK

would cause a launch failure,

where this nuclear

battery was suddenly

flying away from

an exploding spacecraft.

MISSION CONTROL:

All systems are go.

Eleven, ten, nine...

McMAHON:
How in the name of

hell are we going to stop it?

And how far has

it gone already?

MISSION CONTROL:
We have a

go for main engine start.

Six, five, four,

three, two, one.

We have ignition

and lift-off of Atlantis,

and the Galileo spacecraft

bound for Jupiter!

NARRATOR:
The shuttle

launched without incident.

But the WANK worm

continued to spread,

affecting over 300, 000 computer

terminals around the world.

Its purpose, as a warning, weapon, or

political prank, was never discovered.

Investigators traced the origins

of the WANK worm to Australia.

National police suspected

a small group of hackers

in the city of Melbourne,

and then the trail went cold.

But a key clue turned out

to be in the message itself.

There was a lyric from the

Australian band, Midnight Oil,

a favorite of the man

who would become the country's

most infamous hacker.

[BLOSSOM AND BLOOD PLAYING]

[SPEAKING]

Yeah.

There's never been

anything quite like it.

A mountain of secrets dumped into

the public domain by a website...

NEWS ANCHOR 1:
Julian Assange.

Is he a hero to freedom

or is he a terrorist

who should be prosecuted?

NEWT GINGRICH:
He's

an active enemy combatant

who's engaged in information warfare

against the United States...

Was it not once

considered patriotic

to stand up to our government

when it's wrong?

[BLOSSOM AND BLOOD

CONTINUES PLAYING]

NEWS ANCHOR 2:
Should the United States

do something to stop Mr. Assange?

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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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