The Internet lets governments grab more information than ever—but it also lets citizens do the same. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks chronicles the rapid rise and tremendous impact of the infamous website. A non-profit organization, WikiLeaks anonymously publishes news leaks and classified information to the web. This documentary details the creation and evolution of the site, focusing on the 2010 leak of over 400,000 confidential documents related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Called by some the greatest triumph of the internet to date, and by others the greatest security breach in U.S. history, the leak changed the way that many Americans view their government and involvement in the Middle East. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks traces the rise and fall of both Pfc. Bradley Manning, the young soldier who uploaded hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. military documents and diplomatic cables, and Julian Assange, the elusive founder and mastermind behind WikiLeaks. Progressing like an espionage thriller, We Steal Secrets explores the idea of transparency in the information age, as well as the nature of the people’s relationship with their government.
Written and directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks will see a limited release on May 24, 2013. This Focus Features documentary is rated R for some disturbing violent images, language, and sexual material.