We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Saturday, 04 July 2020

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: War footage and coarse language.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Julian Assange (archival footage), Bradley Manning (archival footage), Adrian Lamo, Nick Davis, James Ball, Philip Crowley, General Michael Hayden, Gavin MacFadyen.

  • Directed by:

    Alex Gibney

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Archival footage of Afghan and Iraq War air strikes, World Trade Centre attacks. Video of air attack on innocent civilians. Photographic video and images feature guns, tanks, shooting, detainee abuse (hooded, chained, bruised, blindfolded men), protests, civil unrest, police brutality, police clashes, burning buildings, burning effigy, flag-draped coffins, throwing gas canisters. A tank appears to run over a corpse (video). Dead and wounded women, children and civilians frequently discussed; casualty totals heard. Frequent discussion and testimonial accounts of rape, molestation, victimisation, torture. A woman describes tackling and pinning down a man who punched her in the face. Al Qaeda, bombs, bullying, political imprisonment, tax evasion, illegal toxic waste dumping, corruption, murder, execution, RPG, screaming, ambush, explosive hazards, direct fire, mortars, assassination squad, propoganda, espionage, torture, sodomy, abuse, war crimes, Ku Klux Klan, solitary confinement, suicide watch, sleep deprivation, demotion, life imprisonment, possible death sentence, aiding the enemy, Guantanamo Bay mentioned. Klingon torpedo attack on Starship Enterprise (video clip), sparks, explosion. References to suicide (gun). Blood/gore: Disturbing images of corpses; twisted bodies, blood on bodies, clothing, ground, objects. Debris. Pictures of tortured detainees. Severely injured, bruised victims lie on hospital cots. Bandages.


    Frequent discussion of gender confusion, bisexuality, cross-dressing, hormone therapy, gender identity disorder. Getting laid mentioned. Rape, molestation discussed and seen in re-enactment. Photograph of broken (used) condom. HIV, STDs mentioned. Scantily clad cheerleaders.


    Alcohol (wine). Smoking (cigar, cigarette). Prescription medication mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, w*nk, bastards, several derogatory names for females. Anti-gay, anti-masculine references. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, cultural, ethnic stereotyping.


    Classified information, government secrets, computer hacking, computer viruses and worms, information-sharing, rights to information, free speech, post-911 operatives, terrorism, warfare, radicalism, whistle-blowing, censorship, corruption, cyber-activism, ethics, surveillance, redaction, insubordination, conspiracy theories, hubris, infamy, treason.


    Giant tomato in opening credits, helicopters, geyser, lava, dog (photo), horse, chickens, dead game (pheasants, partridge) seen in photo, toilet. Footage of Galileo shuttle launch. Asperger's syndrome, unwanted pregnancy, cancer-causing plutonium, soda addiction, illegitimate children mentioned. Outer-space cinematography (shuttle-cam), satellite photographs with sky-high perspective. Icelandic language (subtitled).


    Multi-layered portrait of Assange. Compelling, fascinating, provocative, damming, vital, sprawling, ambitious, engrossing.


    Feels unfinished, meandering. Doesn't offer anything new. No first-hand interviews with Julian Assange or Bradley Manning.

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