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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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Himself (archive footage)
Chelsea Manning ...
Herself (archive footage) (as Bradley Manning)
John 'Fuzface' McMahon ...
Himself
Robert Manne ...
Himself (as Prof. Robert Manne)
Heather Brooke ...
Herself
Michael Hayden ...
Himself (as Gen. Michael Hayden)
J. William Leonard ...
Himself
Daniel Domscheit-Berg ...
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Smári McCarthy ...
Himself
Birgitta Jónsdóttir ...
Herself
Adrian Lamo ...
Himself
Timothy Douglas Webster ...
Himself (as Tim Webster)
Jason Edwards ...
Himself
Nick ...
Himself
Jihrleah Showman ...
Herself (as Spc. Jihrleah Showman)
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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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Klevoume mystika: I istoria tou WikiLeaks  »

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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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Both Assange and the US Government look bad
1 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

Both the US government and Julian Assange come under lots of criticism in this movie. One of the major arcs of the movie is Assange's descent into what he claims to hate: a power-mad autocrat obsessed with secrecy. Meanwhile, the US government comes across poorly for their treatment of Bradley Manning, along with them casting Assange as a villain but ignoring the mainstream media that worked with Assange.

The doc probably could have used a little bit more of a pro-Assange viewpoint. To be fair, they did ask to interview Assange, but (according to the doc) he asked for $1 million.

While the movie doesn't have interviews with Assange or Manning, they do have interviews with former Wikileaks employees, people who knew Bradley Manning, and others. The film focuses on more than just Assange, as it also looks at the impact of the cables released by Wikileaks, along with the US government's policies before and after Wikileaks.

It should be noted that Wikileaks disputes the accuracy of the film, while the director disputes the account of Wikileaks. See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/We_Steal_Secrets#Response_from_Wikileaks

Looking at the other reviews, this review will probably be voted as "unhelpful" by Assange supporters, but oh well. Watch the movie and make up your mind for yourself.


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