The Australian hacker-turned-activist Julian Assange is a hero of free speech to some, a rapist to others, a control freak, being manipulative or attention-seeking to a few more.
Alex Gibney‘s latest documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks makes its way to screen so that you can make up your own mind about a man who founded the WikiLeaks Web site in 2006 as a clearinghouse for information that others would have preferred to keep hidden.
The documentary from the Oscar-winning filmmaker Gibney follows the leak initiated by Pfc. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army intelligence specialist stationed in Iraq and seemingly showing Assange as being cocky and eccentric, but not necessarily villainous.
Gibney interviews neither Assange nor Manning, but portrays the enigmatic Australian, now holed up in London’s Ecuadorian Embassy via newscasts and other video, while Manning comes into focus through his America Online messages: ‘i want people to see the truth,’ ‘it affects everyone on earth’ and ‘i cant believe what im confessing to you.’
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is scheduled for a limited release starting on May 24th, 2013 (in UK theaters July 12).
Check out the new trailer for what looks like a compelling doc.