by Chad Campbell, senior producer
The Peabody and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker is back, though with so many different projects always in various stages of development, he never really goes away. Alex Gibney’s latst finished product is called We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.
Here is the trailer.
The movie studies the notion of secrecy and privacy in the digital information age and through archival footage, it paints portraits of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and of former Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning. Manning’s court martial is scheduled to begin on June 3rd, where he faces espionage charges that could result in the death penalty. In 2010, Manning used Assange’s WikiLeaks website to share thousands of classified military documents and video, including this video, which WikiLeaks titled Collateral Murder. It shows US helicopter gunships in Iraq engaging a group that troops believed to be insurgents. Instead the men were unarmed civilians and journalists from Reuters.
We Steal Secrets is in select theaters this weekend in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC and a few other cities - then it will be available on-demand starting June 7th.