WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS
( 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.
Now showing State Cinema