As a film "We Steal Secrets' only received an average rating on IMDB, but interestingly was rated by Rotten Tomatoes at 94% - either way, it will be an interesting watch.
This film basically tells the story of Wikileaks - quite possibly the biggest phenomena to hit the internet and modern media (It's amazing that Wikileaks was only started in 2006!). Put together by acclaimed Director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, 2007 - 100% on RT - watch trailer here) and featuring in depth behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with founder Julian Assange, with prominent focus on the Bradley Manning affair. It covers a variety of cases involving government secrets - particularly the US, and how the managers of the website (and their sources) are treated like "most wanted" criminals.
It once again poses that question of transparency - what information should we be privy to, if not all... in light of at least one Pentagon official's belief that government cannot run without secrets.
It's another look (for this director) at what goes on in the shadows, and what really happens when (US) governments get scared - or what the public may learn about their methods...
I've always been a believer in that credo that 'a government should be afraid of those they govern' - not the other way around. Secrets are just another medium for government to instil fear and thence manipulate the people.
It seems that the trend for most governments - when faced with an intelligence leak and possibly compromising and damaging information comes to light in the public - immediately rely on a smear campaign against the would-be whistle-blower which invariably involves a sex scandal of some kind. It seems like the easiest and dirtiest trick in the book, to try and "drag their name through the mud". Maybe its because so many politicians are caught with their pants down, so this is their way of getting their own back, sort of... although, how many scandals don't we know about.
Everyone's guilty of something - but who do you believe? Certainly not the government...
The Fifth Estate - the Hollywood biopic film on Julian Assange
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