Wednesday, May 15, 2013

We Steal Secrets - The Story of WikiLeaks

Director: Alex Gibney

A long documentary about Julian Assange and the rise and fall of WikiLeaks. Much use is made of old footage and archived materials and the documentary does not engage Assange et al directly. Hence the film lurches awkwardly between basic infotainment concerns and a sharper political agenda. Gibney ponders on whether Assange was a righteous whistle-blower or self promotional egotist? The director seems to prefer the latter and aligns his sympathies more with Bradley Manning, the young soldier arrested for sharing damaging military documents with WikiLeaks. At best the documentary highlights the potential of WikiLeaks as a beacon of truth but at the same time demonstrates the complexities in this practice.

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