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We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

R  |   |  Documentary  |  11 July 2013 (Germany)
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John 'FuzzFace' McMahon ...
Himself - NASA Network Administrator (as John 'Fuzface' McMahon)
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Himself - Narrator (voice)
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Himself - Founder, WikiLeaks (archive footage)
Robert Manne ...
Himself - Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne (as Prof. Robert Manne)
Heather Brooke ...
Herself - Journalist
Michael Hayden ...
Himself - Former NSA and CIA Director (as Gen. Michael Hayden)
J. William Leonard ...
Himself - U.S. Government Classification Czar
Daniel Domscheit-Berg ...
Himself - Former WikiLeaks Spokesperson
Smári McCarthy ...
Himself - Icelandic Digital Freedom Society
Birgitta Jónsdóttir ...
Herself - Icelandic Parliamentarian
Adrian Lamo ...
Himself - Hacker
Timothy Douglas Webster ...
Himself - Former Army Counterintelligence Agent (as Tim Webster)
Chelsea Manning ...
Herself - WikiLeaks Source (archive footage) (as Bradley Manning)
Jason Edwards ...
Himself - Friend of Bradley Manning
Nick ...
Himself - Served with Bradley Manning
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A documentary that details the creation of Julian Assange's controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history.

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Rated R for some disturbing violent images, language and sexual material | See all certifications »
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11 July 2013 (Germany)  »

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Előttünk nincsenek titkok: A WikiLeaks története  »

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$27,689 (USA) (24 May 2013)

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$158,932 (USA) (14 June 2013)
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Michael Hayden: We steal secrets; we steal other nations' secrets.
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This film starting with its title is essentially a government smear of both Assange and Manning.
16 June 2013 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

I went to the film hoping, but unfortunately, this film is not a documentary, but rather an attack on the Assange and Bradley Manning and an example of a long history of attacking the messenger to avoid the message. In this case the message is essentially massive government and military war crimes.

If you have reviewed the facts, it will be obvious that the film distorts with a purpose. Take for example the long and phony presentation of the woman most responsible for the rape charge against Assange. She is shown supposedly being heavily made up so her appearance will be hidden, but then you can see her clearly. What is left out is that she is not only right wing, but has posted to her then official campus web site instructions of how women can get revenge on men. She took this down after her charges. She also is a public supporter and fundraiser for the right wing Cuban group, Women in White. All legal, but she protests too often that she is not a CIA agent. The real point is that she has clear motives that should be considered before covering her up with makeup. Also, the film states assertions that are not fact, and leaves out major points such as Assange's offer to be interviewed in England and Sweden's refusal to agree to not turn him over the US - as they have in past renditions.

Finally, the film emphasizes the mental illness or quirks of these two men. Why does this matter? Because it is a long used method of distracting from their substantive evidence of government crimes. Assange and Manning are not the criminals in this case, but those who carried out the crimes they revealed.


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