New York Times - 05/24/2013
"It’s a tale of absolutist ideals that seemed somehow to curdle and of private torment in search of an outlet, with drastic results."
Los Angeles Times - 05/23/2013
"Gibney gives the film the feel of a propulsive espionage techno-thriller played out in the real world."
A.V. Club - 05/23/2013
"Manning’s story puts a human face on a big issue." -- Grade: B
Washington Post - 05/24/2013 3 stars out of 4 -- "Documentarian Alex Gibney spins a surprsingly dramatic tale around the case of Julian Assange."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/31/2013
"[A] riveting documentary about the charismatic founder of WikiLeaks, the online repository of classified state secrets." -- Grade: A-
Total Film - 07/08/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "Big themes, then, but the human stories outweigh them, particularly in the case of the key informant Bradley Manning."
Empire - 07/04/2013 4 stars out of 5 -- "Undeterred by grey areas or the hostility of his subject, the filmmaker tackles one of the stories of our times with dynamism and smarts."
Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM) takes the reins for this no-holds-barred look at one of the most unusual phenomena of early 21st century media. In 2006, an Iceland-based outfit called The Sunshine Press launched the website WikiLeaks.org. As run by Australian Internet activist Julian Assange, the site's mandate involved regularly publishing top-secret documents and covert information, often regarding governments and their respective military operations. As might be expected, this set off a firestorm between those who admired the organization's bravado and resourcefulness, and those who argued, not unjustly, that the dissemination of data regarding such events as the U.S. war in Afghanistan could put untold numbers of lives at risk. In WE STEAL SECRETS, Gibney relays the story of the WikiLeaks website from the inside, and moves beyond black and white to penetrate a complex network of activity guided by courage and idealism but also allegedly guilty of ethical insensitivity and hypocrisy.
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