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Official Secrets (2019)

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The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Credited cast:
Keira Knightley ... Katharine Gun
Matthew Goode ... Peter Beaumont
Ralph Fiennes ... Ben Emmerson
Matt Smith ... Martin Bright
Indira Varma ... Shami Chakrabarti
MyAnna Buring ... Jasmine
Rhys Ifans ... Ed Vulliamy
Jack Farthing ... Andy Dumfries
Tamsin Greig ... Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Katherine Kelly ... Jacqueline Jones
Conleth Hill ... Roger Alton
Hattie Morahan ... Yvonne Ridley
Monica Dolan ... Fiona Bygate
Shaun Dooley ... John
Kenneth Cranham ... Judge Hyam
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A morality tale for the 21st century, Official Secrets tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. At great personal and professional risk, journalist Martin Bright published the leaked document in The Observer newspaper in London, and the story made headlines around the world. Members of the Security Council were outraged and any chance of a UN resolution in favour of war collapsed. But within days, Bush declared he no longer needed UN backing and invaded anyway. As Iraq descended into chaos, Katharine was arrested and charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Martin faced potential charges too. Their legal battles exposed the highest levels of government in both London and Washington ...

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30 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Indira Varma and Conleth Hill have previously starred together in the hit-show Game of Thrones (2011). Also, Game of Thrones (2011) star Natalie Dormer was previously cast as the lead before Keira Knightley. See more »

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Ben Emmerson: Do me a favor, Ken? Go and fish somewhere else.
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Well made liberal puff piece based on lies and conjecture - fiction packaged as truth
16 August 2019 | by joeyford-55342See all my reviews

If you saw VICE, in the beginning they have this vague statement "based on a real story" and then they proceed to lie to you for 90 minutes. The amount of liberal spin in OFFICIAL SECRETS cannot be overstated. As someone who has had a TS clearance for 30+ years, the "Bush Lied, People Died" chant pushed by the left is as solid as "if the glove don't fit you must acquit" got OJ off a murder charge which he later confessed to in prison and in a book he wrote. This movie is about a low-level British spy who takes it on herself to second guess the thousands of other spies who are doing their little part in the machine that is national security. The left keeps using the term "illegal war" like that means something like calling a terrorist in Iraq an "enemy combatant" makes it less of a horror when he straps a bomb to his pregnant wife and pushes her into a marketplace. The war was not "illegal" as it was voted on by Congress (to include Obama and Hillary) and the WMDs were later found to exist (they were buried in the sand and sold to Syria .. who has since used them on their own people)! The whole think is a farce. The acting is good, Keira Knightly is amazing. Too bad she is playing a fictional role in this liberal puff piece. Can't recommend this one.


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