We Steal Secrets : the Story of Wikileaks

We Steal Secrets : the Story of Wikileaks

DVD - 2011
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A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller, about Julian Assange and the creation of Wikileaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in the U.S. history. Paralleling Assange's rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, and multi-layered expose about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
Publisher: [United States] : Universal Home Video, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE WE
Characteristics: optical,stereo
1 videodisc (R)(approximately 130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: Deleted scenes; Manning testifies

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COURIER3
Apr 10, 2017

Very interesting documentary. It was good to hear all sides of the story. Two hours way too long.

Quimeras Aug 12, 2015

It seems to me that “We Steal Secrets” covered a story in progress. Perhaps it would have been better to wait for new developments in order to get a more complete picture of events.

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marx_bro
May 11, 2015

I believe this to be a true account of the rise & fall of Wickileaks. So many folks were interviewed, you're bound to get slanted views if Assage and Bradley Manning.

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EsJayne
Mar 30, 2015

This is NOT a documentary, but a contrived defamation of character.
The misrepresentations, errors, and false statements in this movie are noted (with citations) on this website: https://wikileaks.org/IMG/html/gibney-transcript.html

NewYorkViews Mar 17, 2015

Too much about the personal issues of J. Assange and B. Manning, and not enough about Wikileaks. I was not sure that the personal problems of J. Assange and B. Manning were not some part of an experimentation program done on them--none of that possibility was mentioned. There was not enough about how Wikileaks helped the news media obtain important information. What was interesting was that some of the "classified" information that was reported in the papers/magazines by reporters was also in a book, but Wikileaks ran into trouble because they had a VIDEO of the event online--even though the text was okay'd for print and mass marketed. Legal Wikileak issues like these made the movie interesting, but not enough of this was mentioned. Too much focus on just Wikileaks regarding USA classified documents, more on global classified documents should have been mentioned.

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kolarte59
Jul 13, 2014

It definitely wasn't a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller. It confirmed how I heard he got his "secrets". It made it seem like he knew what was best for all, as long as it was his way. It made me, and hopefully everyone else who saw it, to think and decide for themselves if they thought what he did was right or wrong.

harrybrowne May 23, 2014

I can see why Julian Assange hated this doc; it portrays him as noble but mostly unflatteringly, and it deifies Manning. Very well produced but has such an obvious bias that you question the authenticity. Assange - and Manning - both are heroes to me and very courageous. And they both suffered tremendously for their efforts. A must-see for anyone who still trusts their government.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 06, 2014

Alex Gibney has emerged as our most consistently engaged, provocative political documentarians (sorry, Michael Moore). He's made films about Enron, terrorism, Eliot Spitzer, Hunter Thompson, Jack Abramoff and, most recently, Lance Armstrong. He's clearly interested in troubled, difficult men, which Wikileaks founder Julian Assange certainly is. Whatever your views on Wikileaks, Assange, who is not interviewed here because he wanted a million dollar fee, is a complex figure, who clearly has issues with egoism and narcissism and does not present a very sympathetic figure. There are really a few movies here and you sometimes feel Gibney should have made this as a mini-series. There is the story of Assange and Wikileaks, the story of Bradley Manning, who caused the biggest document leak in U.S. history and an investigation of the American intelligence community and what the government keeps from its people. Still, it's an important, compelling documentary about some of the major issues facing us today.

aaa5756 Jan 19, 2014

Very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

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binational
Jan 16, 2014

OUTSTANDING documentary. This is great investigative reporting, not advocacy. The US government is justly critiqued for shameful concealment of murder and torture of innocents in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is shown in his full contradictory complexity. A man with a great idea who in effect destroyed the organization with his narcissistic flaws. Bradley Manning emerges as a courageous but tortured soul whom the US military subjected to brutal revenge (with the approval of President Obama) while withholding trial for three years. Not a pretty picture, just truthful.

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aaa5756 Jan 19, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

aaa5756 Jan 19, 2014

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” –Thomas Jefferson

aaa5756 Jan 19, 2014

"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."- George Orwell

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