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We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks

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On DVD: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Grade:
A
Running Time: 
130 minutes

The digital age of the internet and technology has never been more important and influential in our society as it is right now, especially when it comes to the government. Leading the pack in government leaks that were meant to be kept secret from the public is the website Wikileaks, led by its founder Julian Assange. We Steal Secrets is the story behind Wikileaks and the controversy surrounding the content found on it.

The documentary focuses on Assange’s mysterious habits managing the website and his tactics in how he handles incoming leaks. It also focuses on one of the most prolific whistleblowers, Army soldier Bradley Manning, who leaked the controversial drone strikes video in 2010. Interviews and video footage with people closely working with Assange or the government create an interesting and compelling story about one of the most famous or infamous websites, depending on how you interpret the situation.

We Steal Secrets does a good job at laying out the information and details surrounding Wikileaks and how it operates. Throughout the documentary, we also see actual text conversations from Manning to hacker Adrian Lamo. The chats between the two show a troubled person and someone in search for the truth. The chat logs bring a sense of reality to the documentary and keep it grounded.

Whether you’re familiar with Wikileaks or not, We Steal Secrets is a deeply engaging story that provides an inside look at one of the most impactful documentaries you’ll see this year.

Matt Rodriguez
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