We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks
  • R
  • 2h 9m
  • 2013
Certified Fresh91%
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From Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney comes this gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in 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, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a “riveting, nail-bitingly tense” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly), multi-layered exposé about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh91%
Critics Consensus: As fascinating as it is provocative, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks presents another documentary triumph for director Alex Gibney, as well as a troubling look at one of the more meaningful issues of our time.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Charlotte O'Sullivan
Fresh

We Steal Secrets is much concerned with conspiracy theories and may well wind up fuelling new ones...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

A thorough and decently intentioned work, though it accepts a little too glibly the more-in-sorrow...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
D'Arcy Doran
Fresh

This is saying something important. Check your Facebook settings.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston
Fresh

This thorough, engrossing film shows how idealistic Aussie hacker Julian Assange took on the might...

June 22, 2017
Seattle Times
John Hartl
Fresh

Sometimes it takes a feature-length documentary to stitch together a story we think we already kno...

March 1, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Documentary tackles complex issues of truth and safety.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is an intense survey of one of the most controversial information "leaks" in recent history. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney tells the story of two men: Australian WikiLeaks founder/visionary/hacker Julian Assange and American soldier/computer whiz Bradley Manning, who is, by all accounts, the whistleblower responsible for leaking thousands of confidential videos and memos to Assange's "anonymous" online dropbox. There's grim violence, particularly in the leaked war footage, that's too disturbing for younger audiences, as well as strong language ("f--k," "a--hole," etc.) and references to sex and sexual coercion. Viewers need to be mature enough to handle the movie's difficult themes and issues and to figure out what they believe about the secrets and lies discussed in the documentary.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:May 24, 2013
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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