WE STEAL SE­CRETS: THE STORY OF WIK­ILEAKS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES -

( M) THIS pow­er­fully con­tentious doc­u­men­tary from fi lm­maker Alex Gib­ney ( Si­lence in the House of God) is very much about the story of Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange. But all fi nd­ings do not start and end with the ex­iled Aus­tralian info- war­rior. We Steal Se­crets is also the sad tale of US Army Pri­vate Bradley Man­ning, a low- level an­a­lyst who at 22 leaked the 750,000 re­stricted doc­u­ments that pro­pelled Wik­iLeaks to world­wide no­to­ri­ety. With Man­ning’s trial on­go­ing in the US, this fi lm is sure to el­e­vate Man­ning to hero sta­tus in some cir­cles. Per­cep­tions of As­sange are sure to change as well. By fol­low­ing the chronol­ogy of the Wik­iLeaks saga well past the move­ment’s brief yet as­ton­ish­ing peak as a global infl uence, a cu­ri­ously frac­tured portrait of As­sange takes shape. Look at the man from one an­gle and he is a dig­i­tal prophet for a new fron­tier in in­for­ma­tional trans­parency. From an­other, he comes across as an ana­log char­la­tan of the old school.

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