We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Universal Pictures   |   USA

Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney's WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Hailed by some as a free-speech hero and others as a traitor and terrorist, the enigmatic Assange's rise and fall are paralleled with that of PFC Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from classified U.S. military and diplomatic servers, revealing the behind-the-scenes workings of the government's international diplomacy and military strategy. In seeking to expose abuse in the corridors of power, Assange and Manning were undermined by forces within and without, as well as by their own human failings. WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Documenting events that happen simultaneously across four continents, involving some of the most secretive people on the planet, requires a film that can creatively draw from any media source imaginable. That was the challenge and the opportunity of the WikiLeaks story. To meet it, the We Steal Secrets team not only traveled across the world, it researched media across the world, from major libraries to individual content creators. The filmmakers licensed from Flickr photographers in the Netherlands and France, Vimeo shooters in Brazil, YouTube users in Iceland and Malaysia, and archive houses across the world not only in the United States and Britain, but Australia, Sweden, and Egypt. In the end, the filmmakers licensed from 85 different sources in 15 different countries, negotiating for archive in 6 different languages. The number of media sources originally considered was in the hundreds. But the final product shows just how powerful a global story can be told when filmmakers are willing to scour the earth for "le clip just".