Directed by South African filmmaker, screenwriter, producer and actor Gavin Hood, “Official Secrets” tells the true story of British secret-service officer Katharine Gun, who during the immediate run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq leaked a top-secret National Security Agency memo.
The memo exposed an illegal U.S. and U.K. spying operation against members of the United Nations Security Council and proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war.
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The film is based on the book “The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion,” by Marcia and Thomas Mitchell.
In addition to Knightley and Fiennes, “Official Secrets” also stars Matt Smith,