We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013)

You’re probably asking yourself one of two questions. One, what is WikiLeaks? Two, who is that man on the cover there? Well, to answer, WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources, and that man is Julian Assange. If you hadn’t heard, Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks and is one of the most notorious men in the world, as of now. So, what’s all the fuss about? Let me tell you.

WikiLeaks, founded in 2006, is an organization that acquires classified intelligence from any up-loader from around the world. Thousands of top-secret U.S documents have been stolen and uploaded to WikiLeaks site. While that act in itself is regarded as “treason” and espionage, it has also brought hundreds of scandals that have been swept under the rug into the public eye. The morality of these uploads takes center stage in this Documentary. While on the one hand, stealing and uploading classified and secure documents is illegal. On the other hand, the uploading of said documents has resulted in numerous examples of government cover-ups that harmed innocent civilians during the War on Terror. So, is WikiLeaks doing us a favor, or is it doing more harm that it is good?

Another controversial issue surrounding WikiLeaks is the fact that they have not been shut down. Why is that? I’d say watch this Documentary to find out. The story also follows the tale of Bradley Manning, a U.S Army Private who was outed for uploading tens of thousands of government documents to WikiLeaks. His contribution sparked a large debate over whether or not WikiLeaks should be shutdown when the video “Collateral Murder” shocked the world. Manning is currently in jail for treason and Assange is currently taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in England. Due to WikiLeaks’ privacy policy, they never know who uploads the files. In this case, Manning has proved problematic for Assange. This Documentary illustrates both stories very well and it is relatable to everyone, especially with the new NSA scandal involving Edward Snowden. Should he be tried for treason? I won’t tell you that, but I will tell you my Top Ten Thoughts on We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks!


What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

This movie’s Oscar-Winning director, Alex Gibney, delivers another fantastic Documentary that manages to intrigue you and really make you think hard about the topic at hand.

While it managed to hold my attention for 2 hours and 10 minutes, this Documentary could have been a bit shorter.

The whole basis and morality of WikiLeaks is still an ongoing debate in my mind and the minds of so many others, and this Documentary handles both sides of the issue very well.

Due to his current asylum status in the Ecuadoran Embassy in England, Assange could not make an appearance in this Documentary. I wish he would have been able too…

This Documentary couldn’t be any more relevant, especially with the whole Edward Snowden NSA fiasco.

The Documentary really focuses around the Bradley Manning aspect of WikiLeaks’ scandals, but I just wish that they would have delved into some of the others.

Seeing the origins of WikiLeaks though its’ founders’ beginnings in hacking as a nice layer to the film. Assange’s back-story is rather interesting.

I thought that some of the interviewees were rather boring and rather useless in some instances.

This film doesn’t play like a typical Documentary. It’s not just interviews and pictures. The style and feel really shine through in this.

Despite it not feeling like a Documentary for most of its’ run time, it did give in a few times and got a bit “boring”.

This Documentary presents an issue that most people can relate to and form an opinion about. In that sense, it really does appeal to everyone.

Unfortunately, with this being a Documentary, not enough people are going to watch this and there hasn’t been a lot of advertisement for it.

Transitioning into the story behind the Bradley Manning issue is done really well in this Documentary. It’s a fresh breath after hearing interviews and learning only about WikiLeaks.

There wasn’t much talk about WikiLeaks’ current status and that would have been interesting.

Despite its’ 2 hour and 10 minute running time, the Documentary manages to keep your interest the whole way through.

This film presents both moral sides of WikILeaks so well, that it will be tough to come to a standpoint on the organizations doings.

I knew some of the scandals that WikiLeaks caused beforehand, but after watching this Documentary, I learned a lot more about some of them and even came to appreciate some of them.

A tie in with hacker group, Anonymous was made, however, it wasn’t too large of one. That could have been an interesting segment.

This Documentary doesn’t just cover the basics of WikiLeaks. It goes behind the scenes and gives you the information that other sources wouldn’t, and I really enjoyed that.

There’s not much that I didn’t enjoy in this Documentary. Half of my “What I Didn’t Enjoy” aren’t really problems with the film. I really enjoyed this film.


I think that even though this is a Documentary, everyone is going to enjoy this film because it relates to everybody. It will have you questioning morals and thinking for yourselves. It’s presented very well and has more intrigue than your average Documentary. If you love staying up to date with current news and controversies, this is the film for you. Now that we have the NSA scandal, this film has even more of an impact. Whether or not you like Documentaries, you should give this one a shot because it won’t disappoint!

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Trailer


4 STARS!!!

4.5 / 5 stars     

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