Movie Review: “We Steal Secrets”: A Masterclass in Propaganda. The Assassination of Julian Assange By Jonathan Cook

30 July 2013 — Jonathan Cook

I have just watched We Steal Secrets, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. One useful thing I learnt is the difference between a hatchet job and character assassination. Gibney is too clever for a hatchet job, and his propaganda is all the more effective for it.

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 4-5 July 2013

5 July 2013 —


5 July 2013

Missourians rally in support of Snowden and whistleblowing


As the National Security Agency domestic-spying controversy unfolds nationally, community members from across Missouri have rallied in support of whistle blowers like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Manning is accused of leaking classified …


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Wikileaks Newslinks 26 June 2013

26 June 2013 —

WikiLeaks’ Baltasar Garzón, the man Edward Snowden wants on his side

The Guardian

One such is Baltasar Garzón, the celebrated – and controversial – Spanish human rights investigator who, as the legal head of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, is considering a request for help from US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden is thought to be …


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Wikileaks Newslinks 10 June 2013

10 June 2013 —


We Steal Secrets a WikiLeaks Documentary

Movie News Guide (blog)

We Steal Secrets is a misnomer. The truth is that WikiLeaks, the subject of the documentary, doesn’t steal any secrets. The web site serves as an electronic drop box that users use to publish documents anonymously. The information posted on the site …


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Wikileaks Newslinks 9 June 2013

9 June 2013 —


Where ‘We Steal Secrets,’ The Wikileaks Film, Falls Short


The film traces the creation of the Wikileaks site, focusing primarily on Assange’s troubled past and conflicted present. It then quickly touches on several of Wikileaks’ greatest hits – the so-called “collateral murder” video from Iraq, the release of …


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Wikileaks Newslinks 8 June 2013

8 June 2013 —


Assange: US rule of law suffering ‘calamitous collapse’

Economic Times

US soldier Bradley Manning is being court-martialled for leaking the huge cache of government files to WikiLeaks, while there has been an outcry in the US media after the government seized the phone records of journalists at the Associated Press and …


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Wikileaks Newslinks 7 June 2013

7 June 2013 —


3 days in, WikiLeaks trial comes into focus


FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Three days into Pfc. Bradley Manning’s court-martial for giving thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, prosecutors have shown the soldier was trained to guard classified information and knew it could easily fall into …


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“We Steal Secrets” The New Movie About Wikileaks Infuriates Wikileaks By Danny Schecter

1 June 2013 — Global Research


Every documentary filmmaker begins with deciding on the story to be told, and, then, how to sustain audience interest. 

If your goal is to inform the public or take a stand on an important issue by explaining its origins and exposing wrong doers then you go one way. If your goal is to entertain and shroud your motives by exploring murky personality contradictions, you go another.

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Wikileaks Newslinks 31 May 2013

31 May 2013 —


The WikiLeaks story exposed, but not resolved

Boston Globe

Alex Gibney’s overlong but fascinating “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” manages to convince you that both sides of the equation deserve consideration even as the film carefully separates the strands of a maddening snarl of event and accusation.


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Video: Julian Assange Pt.3: On Meeting With Google, Responds to Anti-WikiLeaks Attacks From New Film to Finances

29 may 2013 — Democracy Now!

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy last year to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over sex assault and rape allegations. He fears that Sweden will agree to extradite him to the United States. On Tuesday, Ecuador’s foreign minister accused the British government of trampling on Assange’s rights by refusing to allow him to travel to Ecuador, which granted him political asylum almost a year ago. Joining us from the embassy, Assange addresses what he calls “attacks on all fronts against WikiLeaks,” from a monetary embargo involving some of the world’s largest financial firms to a new Hollywood documentary on WikiLeaks, “We Steal Secrets.” Assange also discusses a little-known meeting he held in June 2011 with Google CEO Eric Schmidt. We air an excerpt of audio recording from that meeting.

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Bradley Manning / Wikileaks Newslinks 24 May 2013

24 May 2013 —

WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning and the Damage Done—to Bradley Manning


Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is one of the human faces in Alex Gibney’s latest film, ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.’ (Photo: Courtesy of Focus World). Failed negotiations for an interview with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange were incredibly …


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Bradley Manning / Wikileaks Newslinks 23 May 2013

23 May 2013 —


Bradley Manning emerges as the sympathetic star of WikiLeaks doc

Washington Post

But it was Army Pfc. Bradley Manning who provided those documents, and the 25-year-old emerges as the sympathetic star of the new documentary, “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” which opens Friday — just weeks before Manning’s trial for those …


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Bradley Manning / Wikileaks Newslinks 10 May 2013

10 May 2013 —

Wanted: Bradley Manning trial court reporter

Politico (blog)

Frustrated by government restrictions surrounding the court martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Freedom of the Press Foundation has announced a crowdsourcing campaign to pay a professional court reporter to transcribe the trial. In a release …


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Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Newslinks 3 May 2013

3 May 2013 —


‘We Steal Secrets’: WikiLeaks and the US intelligence-industrial complex

The Seattle Times (blog)

Into this stew marched WikiLeaks and Assange in 2010. Despite antipathy for Assange himself, I admire his vision and skill at piercing the shadow world of government secrecy. As the film notes, WikiLeak’s first big expose – a military video showing a …


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Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Newslinks 1 February 2013: Bookies think Assange could win seat

1 FEbruary


Iceland Kicked Out FBI Agents Who Flew in Unannounced to Investigate …

Cleveland Leader

According to the RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, FBI agents landed in Reykjavík in August 2011 without prior notification in an attempt to investigate WikiLeaks operations within the country. However, their plan was interupted when …


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