Rated R · 130 minutes · 2013

Less a study of Julian Assange and his online intelligence dumping grounds than a timeline with some character traits thrown in, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is almost like the preamble rather than the full, sordid tale. Director Alex Gibney, who has taken sides before (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), tries to present both sides. Here they are: Assange is probably a duplicitous glory-seeker who published hundreds of thousands of documents delivered by a troubled soldier named Bradley Manning, and most of the stuff WikiLeaks revealed is probably in the public interest and we’re better off knowing about it. Perhaps Gibney avoids falling decisively against Assange and for WikiLeaks because it is a little messy, but the documentary, while well-researched and featuring compelling interviews, does seem to wander a bit because of it.

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Director: Alex Gibney
Producer: Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger, Alexis Bloom, Blair Foster and Jemima Khan


We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks


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Indy Week A troubling documentary about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning It shouldn't be surprising that it would take unusual, even disturbed, personalities to rattle the cage of the most powerful nation in the history of the planet. by David Fellerath 07/10/2013
Portland Mercury Secrets and Lies Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and The Story of WikiLeaks. by Erik Henriksen 06/05/2013
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East Bay Express We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Play it where it lies. by Kelly Vance 06/05/2013

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