We Steal Secrets: the rise and fall of WikiLeaks in classic Hollywood terms
All movies have heroes and villains and Alex Gibney’s documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, felt like vintage silver screen. Two-thirds of the way through, the film established clear roles. Our protagonist is Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder and underdog hacker hero. His evil nemesis is actually information-silencing bureaucracy but the US government largely plays this role (voiced often by Michael Hayden, former director of both the NSA and CIA). It’s a classic conflict: a battle waged over censorship and the public’s right to know.