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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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Katharine Gun
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Martin Bright
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Peter Beaumont
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Ed Vulliamy
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Yasar Gun
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Ben Emmerson
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Roger Alton
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Shami Chakrabarti
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Ken Macdonald
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James Welch
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Fiona Bygate
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Elizabeth Wilmshurst
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Mi-Yung
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Andy Dumfries
Gabrielle Downey ...
Mrs. Archer
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Policewoman
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Jasmine (as Myanna Buring)
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Edie Rielly
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Kamal Ahmed
Janie Dee ...
Jan Clements
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Yvonne Ridley
Will Barton ...
Paul Beaver
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Jacqueline / MI6 Agent
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Mel
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Rear-Admiral Nick Wilkinson
Martin Bright ...
Male Journalist
Vanessa Thorpe ...
Female Journalist
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Nicole Mowbray
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John Internal Security
Sophie Duval ...
Female Custody Sergeant
Stuart Ramsay ...
Police Officer
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TinTin / Scotland Yard
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Jerry / Scotland Yard
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Duty Solicitor
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Officer Pitt
Simon Rogers ...
Officer Knowles
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Anne Emmerson
Corinna Wilson ...
Young Romanian Girl
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Duty Officer
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Nigel Jones
Patrick Moy ...
Driver
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BBC Reporter
Jessica Fostekew ...
Courtroom Guard
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Clerk of the Court
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Judge Hyam
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Mark Ellison
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neilesh Ambu ...
GCHQ Colleague (uncredited)
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Arrested Airport Detainee (uncredited)
Rodrig Andrisan ...
Dead Body 4 (uncredited)
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Airport Detainee (uncredited)
Antony Barlow ...
GCHQ Colleague (uncredited)
Paul Blackwell ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Lee Byford ...
Ground Crew (uncredited)
Shafi Choudhury ...
Arrested Airport Detainee (uncredited)
Rene Costa ...
Iraqi Protestor (uncredited)
Grant Crookes ...
GCHQ Security / Police (uncredited)
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Chilean Ambassador (uncredited)
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Journalist (uncredited)
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Press / Court Reporter (uncredited)
Mark Anthony Dawson ...
Analyst (uncredited)
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Self - White House Press Secretary (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Anthony G Hamer ...
Passerby (uncredited)
Jane Hamer ...
Observer Journalist (uncredited)
Tony Holness ...
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Daniel Hopkins ...
Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Mark Hugh-Williams ...
Prosecutor (uncredited)
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Home Office Official Doncaster Airport (uncredited)
Jess Kaur ...
Press Fashion Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
Craig Thomas Lambert ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
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Office Worker (uncredited)
Colin Murtagh ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
Anneliese Orr ...
Observer Journalist (uncredited)
T. Mark Owens ...
News 29 Reporter (uncredited)
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Public Gallery Court Member (uncredited)
Shayast Panezai ...
Noorie Patel (uncredited)
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Airport Ground Crew (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Paul Redfern ...
Catherine Guns Father (uncredited)
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Iraqi Trauma Nurse (uncredited)
Nig Richards ...
Observer Journalist (uncredited)
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Arrested Airport Detainee (uncredited)
Bianca Rudman ...
Arresting Police Officer (uncredited)
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Airport Detective (uncredited)
Mansoor Shah ...
Arrested Airport Detainee (uncredited)
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Airport Detainee (uncredited)
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Public Gallery Court Member (uncredited)
Nicola Simonds ...
Family Member (uncredited)
Kieran Thomas ...
GCHQ Colleague (uncredited)
Naomi Tuzolana ...
Passerby (uncredited)
Tim Walker ...
Journalist (uncredited)
Martin Webbe ...
Police Van Driver (uncredited)
Jo Wheatley ...
GCHQ Security Officer (uncredited)
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Observer Journalist (uncredited)
John James Woodward ...
Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gavin Hood

Written by

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Gregory Bernstein ... (screenplay)
 
Sara Bernstein ... (screenplay)
 
Gavin Hood ... (screenplay)
 
Marcia Mitchell ... (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion")
 
Thomas Mitchell ... (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion")

Produced by

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Even Berntsen ... executive producer: Clear Pictures Entertainment
Claudia Bluemhuber ... executive producer
Ged Doherty ... producer
Colin Firth ... executive producer: Raindog Films
Elizabeth Fowler ... producer
Jennifer Fowler ... co-producer: Clear Pictures Entertainment
Mark Gordon ... executive producer
Hugo Heppell ... executive producer
Matt Jackson ... executive producer
Nancy Kirhoffer ... post production producer
Neil Leibman ... co-producer: Clear Pictures Entertainment (as Neil M. Leibman)
Sarada McDermott ... co-producer
Anne Sheehan ... executive producer
Paula Graybill Smith ... co-producer: Clear Pictures Entertainment (as Paula G. Smith)
Sara Smith ... executive producer
Melissa Shiyu Zuo ... producer

Music by

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Paul Hepker
Mark Kilian

Cinematography by

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Florian Hoffmeister

Film Editing by

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Megan Gill

Editorial Department

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Doug Delaney ... colorist
Traci Duran ... first assistant editor
Elijah Eastlund ... Digital Intermediate producer
Nancy Fuller ... digital intermediate producer
Pj Harling ... assistant editor
Brooke Lowery ... post-production assistant
Ramin Ouladi ... colorist assist
John Walek ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Kate Dowd

Production Design by

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Simon Rogers

Art Direction by

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Ben Clements
Bill Crutcher ... supervising art director
Andy Watson

Set Decoration by

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David Morison

Costume Design by

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Claire Finlay-Thompson ... (as Claire Finlay)

Makeup Department

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Lisa Chape ... crowd hair & make up artist
Carolyn Cousins ... crowd hair supervisor / crowd make up supervisor
Ellen D'Andrade Brown ... hair trainee / makeup trainee
Laura Dickey ... trainee makeup artist
Abby Graves ... hair crowd supervisor (as Abigail Graves) / makeup crowd supervisor (as Abigail Graves)
Dani Haigh ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Helen Masters ... junior makeup artist: crowd dailies
Anna Morena ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Tapio Salmi ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Nadia Stacey ... hair designer / makeup designer
Andrew Whiteoak ... prosthetic makeup artist
Hayley Young ... daily special make up effects artist

Production Management

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Nancy Bray ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Oliver Brown ... trainee assistant director
Simon Dale ... additional second assistant director
Georgia Hampson ... additional floor runner: daily
Amy King ... second unit first assistant director / third assistant director
Sarah MacFarlane ... second assistant director
Anke Netthöfel ... trainee assistant director
Josh Northover ... crowd third assistant director
Toni Staples ... first assistant director
Gary Richens ... crowd second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Jen Ainsley ... stand-by art director
Jason Bond ... property master
Bob Charlton ... construction manager
Frances Connor ... Scenic Painter
James Fennessy ... scenic painter
Kate Good ... production buyer
David Hayden ... standby props
Chris Hennessey ... Dressing Props
Laura Iwanyckyj ... assistant set decorator
Mark Jones ... dressing props
Scott MacIntyre ... supervising armourer (as Scott McIntyre)
Gaynor Millican ... action prop buyer
Bethany Mills ... Graphics Assistant
David Mills ... standby props second unit
Rosa Nolan-Warren ... art department assistant
Jay Pales ... storeman
Gareth Procter ... chargehand
Tony Rooney ... props
Neil Smith ... dressing props
Florence Tasker ... graphic designer
Cecelia van Straaten ... set designer
Matt Wells ... standby props

Sound Department

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Emma Chilton ... second assistant sound
Mike Duddy ... assistant sound: dailies
Jim Greenhorn ... sound mixer
Chase Keehn ... dialogue editor
Nathan Lockwood ... sound assistant: additional photography
John Loranger ... supervising foley editor
Craig Mann ... supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer
Kristi McIntyre ... foley editor
Luke Nagy ... ADR Recording Engineer
Steve Neal ... re-recording engineer
Hugh Sherlock ... first assistant sound
John Sievert ... foley artist
Bruce Tanis ... co-supervising sound editor
Lee Thompson ... 1st assistant sound: additional photography
David Tichauer ... mix technician
Laura Wiest ... Additional Re-Recording Mixer
Will Chapman ... sound trainee/second sound assistant: dailies (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Scott MacIntyre ... special effects supervisor (as Scott McIntyre)
Eddy Popplewell ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Brett Bone ... digital compositor
Kerrie Bryant ... vfx line producer for technicolor
Chris Forrester ... senior vfx artist: technicolor
Keagan Harris ... compositor
Kieran Nolan Jones ... bidding coordinator

Stunts

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Billy Budd ... military advisor
Sarah Franzl ... stunt coordinator
Chris Lincoln-Jones ... military advisor
Lee Millham ... stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Teresa Adamson ... video playback assistant
Simon Atherton ... best boy
Adrian Barry ... b camera grip
Chris Battensby ... video assistant: dailies
Ella Brewin ... camera trainee dallies
Adam Conlon ... first assistant camera: 'b' camera dailies
Cameron Davidson ... video playback operator
Dan Fontaine ... gaffer
Alex Fraser ... grip / key grip
Robert Gavigan ... rigging gaffer
Rupert Hornstein ... first assistant camera
Chris King ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Aaran Lewis Leach ... second assistant camera: b cam
Mick Lord ... standby rigger
Ewan MacFarlan ... lab technician
Ossie McLean ... camera operator: "a" camera/steadicam
Will Morris ... first assistant camera: "a" camera, main unit
Dave Owen ... rigging electrician
Matt Squire ... still photographer
Joe Steel ... digital imaging technician
Mathieu Treacy ... digital imaging technician assistant: dailies
Robert Viglasky ... still photographer
Nick Wall ... still photographer
Mark Wynn-Edwards ... desk operator

Casting Department

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Vanessa Baker ... adr voice casting
Emma Bolton ... casting assistant
Rosie Carter ... extras casting
Arron Cuthbertson ... extras casting
Steven James Griffiths ... extras casting (as Steven Griffiths)
Clare Harlow ... casting associate
Colin Murtagh ... casting agent

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Helen Bolter ... costume supervisor
Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Corkish ... crowd costume
Francesca Davies ... costume daily crowd
Charles Gillies ... personal dresser: Ralph Fiennes
Jessica Houghton ... Crowd Supervisor
Holly Mayes ... Costume Standby
Lauren Reyhani ... costume assistant
Alice Speak ... costume standby
Alison Toner ... crowd costume
Emily Wilkinson ... costume trainee

Location Management

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Stefan Hugh Davies ... assistant location manager
Max Goldberg ... location marshal
Joe Gradwell ... location assistant / location scout
Jodie Gregory ... unit manager
Tobias Jones ... location assistant
Mike Krause ... location marshall
Jonathon Lawrence ... assistant location manager
Ariel Murray-Simmons ... location assistant
Emma Jane Richards ... location manager
Leon Seth ... location scout
Amy Smith ... location coordinator
Charlie Thompson ... location scout
Mark Wilson ... assistant location manager
Paul Coverdale ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Chris Bleth ... musician: duduk
Brent Brooks ... music editor
Paul Hepker ... musician: duduk / musician: piano
Tamas Kurina ... score recording engineer
Casey Stone ... score mixed by

Script and Continuity Department

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San Davey ... script supervisor
Lucy Noble ... assistant script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Neil Arnott ... unit driver
Howard Cawthorne ... transportation captain
Hefin Jones ... facilities captain
Jason Stedmon ... driver: Matt Smith
Terry Thomas ... driver

Other crew

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Daniel Adeyemi ... assistant: Mr. Doherty and Mr. Hood
Martin Ainscough ... payroll accountant
Catherine Antrobus ... assistant: Mr. Doherty and Mr. Hood
Ben Arslanian ... production accountant
Mandy Bainbridge ... animal wrangler
Gino Barontini ... security: Ms. Knightley
Aaron Becker ... title designer
Bea Bowdon ... assistant: Ms. Knightley
Daniel Burt ... security: Ms. Knightley
Vlad Cirdeiu ... base runner
Laura Coates ... assistant: Mr. Fiennes
Sam Courtney ... floor runner + stand in
Charlotte Cox ... production coordinator
Patrick Cullen ... military advisor
Sarah Cundall ... legal services for screen yorkshire
Cait Downs ... production runner
Johan Ewing ... legal services for screen yorkshire
John Fillingham ... risk management
Ben Gazey ... assistant: Mr. Fiennes
Andrew Gow ... development executive
Daniel Hamill ... assistant accountant / cashier
Kelsey Hammond ... assistant: Ms. McDermott / production coordinator
Caroline Hartig ... assistant: Mark Gordon
Rory Hathaway ... location marshall
Robin Hilton ... legal services
Jamie Hollingworth ... assistant production coordinator
Leah Holmes ... post production accountant
Rebecca Holmes ... set production assistant
Steven Holster ... assistant: Sara Smith
Mari Hopkins ... production secretary
Nadia Lachman ... legal and business affairs senior director: eOne
Caryn Lawson ... assistant: Matt Jackson
Jill McCullough ... dialect coach
Lynda McGarry ... insurance: MIB Insurance Services
Celine Medley ... Financial Controller: Raindog Films
Christos Michaels ... legal services for screen yorkshire
Troy James Miller ... titles producer: Filmograph
Ali Moshref ... production executive: completion guarantor
Edward Newman ... assistant accountant
Nuala O'Leary ... creative executive for raindog films
John O'Sullivan ... insurance: MIB Insurance Services
Yelena Ortega ... floor runner
Martin Partington ... production assistant (Uncredited)
Asha Radwan ... clearances
Rosalind Read ... Vice President: Business and Legal Affairs - eOne
Becky Scurrah ... assistant accountant
Nushina Shirazi ... assistant: Mark Gordon
Cassandra Sigsgaard ... neg checker
Cassandra Sigsgaard ... Neg Checker
Laura Southall ... stand in/double
Harvey Thornton ... floor runner
Laura Trigg ... travel coordinator
Jason Troy ... assistant: Lesley Dyer
Kristian Turnbull ... production secretary
Lucy Wainwright ... head of business affairs for raindog films
Alan Hughes ... stand-in (uncredited)
Immanuel Spira ... studio counsel (uncredited)

Thanks

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Gero Bauknecht ... thanks
Trish D. Chetty ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 with having manipulated intelligence in order to sell an illegal war.

Plot Keywords
Taglines The Truth is Always the First Casualty of War See more »
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Also Known As
  • Secretos de Estado (Spain)
  • Sodot Medina (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • オフィシャル・シークレット (Japan, Japanese title)
  • 瞞天機密 (Taiwan)
  • Secretos de estado (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia During the time that the U.S. was pushing for war with Iraq it was widely reported in the U.S. press that the British had experience dealing with the Iraqi informant who was providing the Americans with the intelligence they were relying on. The British affirmed that none of the information he provided to them over a period of several years had turned out to be true. After being rejected by the British, the informant began selling information direct to the Americans. Reportedly, the man had received close to $100,000 in cash over the previous few years for his reports to the British and Americans; information that provided a strong motive for generating false intelligence. After the invasion and occupation it was proven that all of his information was indeed false. See more »
Goofs When Catherine was arrested she was taken to a local police station in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, which was staffed by police wearing Metropolitan Police uniforms (ie from London). The local police are Gloucestershire Constabulary. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 11 October 2019 (2019). See more »
Quotes Tony Blair: [on TV] What we know, is that Saddam has this material.
Katharine Gun: You don't know that. I mean, he just keeps repeating the lie. Just because you're the Prime Minister, it doesn't mean you get to make up your own facts.
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