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Official Secrets (2019)

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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Gavin Hood

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Gregory Bernstein (screenplay), Sara Bernstein (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Matthew Goode ... Peter Beaumont
Keira Knightley ... Katharine Gun
Ralph Fiennes ... Ben Emmerson
Indira Varma ... Shami Chakrabarti
Matt Smith ... Martin Bright
Rhys Ifans ... Ed Vulliamy
Conleth Hill ... Roger Alton
MyAnna Buring ... Jasmine
Jack Farthing ... Andy Dumfries
Tamsin Greig ... Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan ... Yvonne Ridley
Shaun Dooley ... John
Kenneth Cranham ... Judge Hyam
Monica Dolan ... Fiona Bygate
John Heffernan ... James Welch
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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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English

Release Date:

28 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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This is the second time Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes have starred alongside each other, the first being in The Duchess (2008) See more »

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