This trailer for the upcoming We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks documentary looks legit. Alex Gibney also directed Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and Client 9, so, yes, it’s probably legit.
Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Detailing the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history, the film charts the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall in parallel with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from classified U.S. military and diplomatic servers.
It looks like there’s a good balance of presenting the WikiLeaks mission of world corruption transparency and Assange’s own “secrets” — the link is so literary with its classical hubris and all that — but damn, is it distracting from what could have been.
Maybe just watch this WikiLeaks footage of Reuters journalist Namir Noor-Elden and her driver Saeed Chmagh being shot at by the Apache again first.