Focus World has debuted the first official trailer and poster for the prolific Oscar-winner Alex Gibney‘s new documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, focusing in on the 2010 leak of the Baghdad airstrike footage.
There is, of course, another Assange movie coming this year – Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, with Benedict Cumberbatch stepping into the shoes of the WikiLeaks founder who has already denounced the movie as a ‘massive propaganda attack.
As for the upcoming documentary, Gibney’s focus looks to expand beyond Assange/WikiLeaks to examine what the ordeal reveals about the way our world’s governments function in the 21st century.
Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side) also uses the film to tell the story of Pfc. Bradley Manning, a solider who successfully downloaded hundreds of classified documents from US military and diplomatic servers.
Ironically, the words in the title: ‘We steal secrets’ are spoken not by Assange, but by an American official, former CIA director Michael Hayden.
The Story of WikiLeaks opens May 24th, 2013.
Here’s the synopsis:
Filmed with the startling immediacy of unfolding history, Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is a riveting, multi-layered tale about transparency in the information age and our ever-elusive search for the truth. Detailing the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history, the film charts the enigmatic Assange’s rise and fall in parallel with that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the brilliant, troubled young soldier who downloaded hundreds of thousands of documents from classified U.S. military and diplomatic servers.