New Documentary Tells the History of Wikileaks

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Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney has composed a riveting, fascinating expose on the controversial website WikiLeaks. The name of the movie is titled “We Steal Secrets, the Story of WikiLeaks” and is set to be released May 24. It has already generated buzz among fans and political foes alike, sparking conversations about the controversial founder Julian Assange and the organization itself. The documentary focuses on the rise and near fall of Assange since the launch of Wikileaks in 2006.

The most compelling themes in the documentary are disclosure, truth, privacy and secrecy, which set up a show down of juxtaposed ideologies between the U.S. government and the whistle blowers they seek to prosecute in the film. The WikiLeaks perspective advocates greater transparency and encourages individuals to “post content anonymously and untraceably.” Most notably, Army soldier Bradley Manning is featured in order to humanize the struggle of individuals who have been marginalized and punished for disclosing classified information to the public.

Government officials argue that “nation states, need to be secret in order to be safe.” This creates an intriguing stand off in the battle for who gets to control information. With a running time of 130 minutes the documentary was first shown at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2013. Check for more release information on IMDB.

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Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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