We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (image 1)

A propulsive espionage techno-thriller played out in the real world.

Mark Olsen, LA Times

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks 2013

Directed by Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) delivers a gripping account of the rise and fall of Julian Assange and outted WikiLeaks whistle-blower Bradley Manning. “Probing, altogether enthralling.” — New York

USA In English
130 minutes DCP

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Marc Shmuger
,
Alex Gibney
,
Alexis Bloom

Photography

Maryse Albertini

Editor

Andy Grieve

Sound

Bill Chesley

Music

Will Bates

With

Julian Assange
,
Bradley Manning
,
Michael Hayden
,
J. William Leonard
,
Adrian Lamo
,
Daniel Domscheit-Berg
,
Jihrleah Showman
,
Mark Davis
,
Nick Davies
,
James Ball
,
Birgitta Jónsdóttir
,
Smari McCarthy
,
Robert Manne
,
Donald Bostrom
,
Gavin MacFadyen
,
Jason Edwards

Festivals

Sundance 2013

Elsewhere

“Documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the frontlines of the information wars… Unfolding like an espionage thriller but with a methodical journalistic skill at organizing a mountain of facts, the film raises stimulating questions about transparency and freedom of information in a world in which governments and corporations have plenty to hide.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“The rise and fall of Julian Assange, with no skimping on the weirder bits. Director Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has the form down pat by this point, laying out the facts and numerous ironies behind hacktivism with clarity – particularly when it comes to the complicated involvement of Private Bradley Manning – and no small amount of relish. It’s terrifically entertaining and more than a little frightening, especially when detailing how its subject’s stated desire to unearth the truth collides with his Blofeld-ish ego.” — Andrew Wright, The Stranger

“By the time this twisty, probing, altogether enthralling movie hits its final notes, the crimes against the Constitution and humanity have been upstaged by personal demons… Gibney has a talent for creating a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to experience the full scope of this ugly, scary story. It’s not just Assange’s colleagues who talk. A few ex-CIA and Defense Department officials appear surprisingly sympathetic to the abstract idea that there are too many secrets… We Steal Secrets is a documentary with the overflowing texture of fiction. It’s The Hacker’s Tragedy.” — David Edelstein, New York Magazine