There are two movies coming out this year about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. The first is the documentary entitled We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, directed by Alex Gibney. The second, is a dramatized version of Assange’s story, The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the site’s founder.
Below you can watch the trailer for the former. Gibney, whose Academy award-winning work includes other docs like Freakonomics, followed Julian Assange as governments hunted him for arrest when his site leaked US military documents and videos that led to the arrest of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The film, which was released to great acclaim at Sundance 2013, focuses on Assange’s political ideologies and also documents WikiLeaks’ rise to prominence in the internet age.
Most importantly, the film questions the price of secrets, and whether the people should have the power to take back secrets that are normally hoarded by governments.
Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s 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. Detailing the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history, the film charts the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall in parallel 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.