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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (2013)

Alex Gibney  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Alex Gibney
  • Writers: Alex Gibney
  • Producers: Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger, Alexis Bloom
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2013
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,279 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Manning Testifies

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    From Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney comes this gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks, the controversial website that facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. Paralleling Assange’s rise and fall with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the troubled young soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a “riveting, nail-bitingly tense” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly), multi-layered exposé about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth.

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    40 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, But Questionable Fact-Checking June 8, 2013
    By Lex
    Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
    Other than seeing the name "WikiLeaks" in news headlines, I previously knew nothing about it. The idea of a "true story" documentary about it was very intriguing to me. As a documentary, it is entertaining, captivating, and left me wanting more.

    I went to and found they had posted an annotated transcript of the movie. To my disappointment, the annotations pointed out "The film is filled with factual errors and speculation..." and provided links to all the sources to the contrary facts.

    WikiLeaks also states "Neither Julian Assange nor anyone associated with WikiLeaks agreed to participate in this film. Any footage of Assange or WikiLeaks' staff was taken from stock footage. WikiLeaks has, however, co-operated with a film by respected Academy Award-nominated film- maker Laura Poitras, which will be out later this year. Another film, co-produced with Ken Loach's 16 Films, will be released shortly".

    After reading the annotations, I felt the film makers had created a "reality TV" style of movie in which they influenced much of the story to their own needs, rather than the truth. You can see the irony in all of this considering the themes of truth and transparency. You could justifiably argue that WikiLeaks is trying to paint themselves in a better light as compared to how the movie presents them. But, it's hard to argue with all the sources WikiLeaks has provided.

    As strange as it sounds, I still recommend the movie. But... watch it with the annotated WikiLeaks version of the script to compare and contrast. I believe the truth lies somewhere in between.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars What should have been informative became too personal... September 18, 2013
    Format:Amazon Instant Video
    We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is a mixed bag at best. On the plus side, We Steal Secrets is brilliantly crafted, well-filmed and edited, and fast-paced and as exciting as a Hollywood thriller. On the negative side, the director clearly had a personal vendetta against Assange by the end, giving too much light to fishy stories of assault in Sweden and his melancholy time holed up in various safe houses.

    I have no idea why Alex Gibney, obviously a fine director, chose such obviously one-sided sources. We mostly hear from outcasts like Daniel Domscheit-Berg and other "former" WikiLeaks supporters, and too much screentime is given to some extremely questionable stories from the woman Assange allegedly sexually assaulted. Neither Bradley Manning nor Julian Assange were directly interviewed, which is obviously a huge blow to the film. We Steal Secrets starts out hopeful and mysterious, detailing the huge leaks perpetrated by conflicted soldier Bradley Manning, and the rise of Wikileaks - the triumphant exposures of heinous war crimes, lies, and secrets swept under the rug by various countries and organizations. Wikileaks gave us the truth on the Iraqi War and the War on Terror that no one else would. But the documentary tries to paint it, AND Assange (which I find heavily ironic since We Steal Secrets is against those who targeted Assange in person) as a controlling, paranoid, suspicious bunch of wierdos.

    Look, I'm NOT saying to paint Assange as a white knight in shining armor. He's a human being, full of faults and shortcomings, doubts and weaknesses. He's also one of the great visionaries of our time: a controversial and engimatic figure that dared to show us the secrets that our governments wouldn't.
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    23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for a Better Doc June 14, 2013
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    On the good news side, "We Steal Secrets" is fast-paced, engaging and entertaining. It raises some interesting questions -- though more so about the nature of hero worship than about Wikileaks, and that is its downfall. There are so many huge, open questions about Wikileaks, about its ethics and its ongoing impact on the world and this doc really only scrapes that surface, preferring instead to spend its precious time on the prurient stuff about gender dysphoria and broken condoms.

    To some degree, Alex Gibney's ability to tell a fully fleshed-out story was limited by who he had access to -- not Assange, not Manning and not anyone who has a current relationship with either of them. One can argue that this was the fault of Assange, who chose not to participate in this film for whatever reason (he tells a different story from Gibney, and there's no way to know what really happened there), or one can argue that Gibney rushed a film that should have taken a more painstaking and journalistic approach, perhaps in order to be first off the blocks.

    Which brings me to the bad news side. This really isn't strong journalism. I was surprised to see someone of Gibney's caliber suddenly tossing in a line about a dictator receiving secret Wikileaks cables that were then used to oppress his people -- WITHOUT providing any more info on something so obviously titillating. Gibney doesn't mention who the dictator is, what country this occurred in, who or what the source of this seemingly explosive story is, or what made these particular cables any different from the thousands of cables the film tells us were freely available to anyone on the Wikileaks website. If there was a story there, it was incumbent upon Gibney to research it thoroughly and give the audience the facts.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Not great, but interesting
    Published 3 days ago by B. zero
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not attention grabbing.
    Not very interesting and regretted renting this movie. The presentation is not very creative and it was very hard for my wife and I to sit through this movie.
    Published 2 months ago by Joe
    5.0 out of 5 stars You can't handle the truth!
    Great story about Wikileaks and how US, Euro, Asian, African combined govt tactics have been used to suppress and subvert facts that many politicians and govts have been hiding... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by William Scarbrough
    5.0 out of 5 stars Alex Gibnizey
    This movie is so dope. Alex Gibney makes dope documentaries. I hope he makes one about sick dunks and hitting sweet J's.
    Published 6 months ago by Matthew Mouse
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fair and Balanced
    I thought this documentary appeared to make a very valid effort in being fair and balanced. It even interviewed persons sympathetic to Assange at one time. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Savy Shopper
    1.0 out of 5 stars Half truth documentary!
    If you are looking for a one-sided documentary then this is the one for you. To begin with and starting with the title, Wikileaks does not steal secrets, it exposes corruption. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by SaLa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reiview of the secrecy policies of government.
    I have been suspicious of the huge extant of government secrecy for many years. This confirms my opinion the government uses secrecy to conceal wrong doing rather to protect the... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Joseph M. Seda
    2.0 out of 5 stars No
    Just not very good.. Very stretched out and painful to sit through. Not to mention way too much unnecessary detail about the sexual confusion.
    Published 7 months ago by kkkkkapy
    5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised!
    I watched this movie on my iPhone. Yay! I also appreciate that I could have watched it on my computer through Amazon. The movie was a surprise. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by LaToya Powell
    5.0 out of 5 stars We stel Secrets great information
    Wonderful documentary ..wonderful work he is doing . It takes great courage to step away from the crowd to bring the truth to the general public. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Caroline Connor
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