The Weekender: We Steal Secrets

on Thursday, May. 23rd

I still get hyped about movies, even if it takes a bit more to move me than it did before blockbuster season was five months long and filled with copious, if dubious, 3D CGI wizardry.

This weekend is the traditional start of the summer movie season (i.e. when it used to start 20 years ago) and there are two big films coming out… and one small film that I truly care about.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is director Alex Gibney's (Taxi to the Dark Side, Client 9) look at the controversial website that aimed to force governments and institutions to be more open by creating a secure dead drop where anyone could leak secrets.

The film focuses on three critical figures: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Army specialist Bradley Manning–who was the source of a diplomatic leak that embarrassed the U.S. Government deeply–and hacker Adrian Lamo, who outed Manning to the government and the press after winning the other man's trust online.

I'm a sucker for real life thrillers, which the Wikileaks story is. More than that, how governments operate in an increasingly transparent networked age is something that will define countless aspects of our lives in the decades to come.

The story of WikiLeaks isn't just about one big leak, it reaches into the very much in the headlines stories about how government views the press. A look at our dystopian present, and the picture of a potentially bleak future.

We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks opens at select theatres tomorrow.

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