Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Hailed by some as a free-speech hero and others as a traitor and terrorist, the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall are paralleled with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from classified U.S. military and diplomatic servers, revealing the behind-the-scenes workings of the government’s international diplomacy and military strategy.
In seeking to expose abuse in the corridors of power, Assange and Manning were undermined by forces within and without, as well as by their own human failings. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
“Details with exceptional clarity the moral, legal, and journalistic issues involved in the rise and fall of the Internet hacker and publisher.” —Amy Taubin, Film Comment
“Twisty, probing, altogether enthralling.” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“Future historians will find the ideal chronicle of our era in the superbly crafted We Steal Secrets.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
“Unfolds like an espionage thriller… a tremendously fascinating story told with probing insight and complexity.” – David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter