Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney has turned his focus on WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks was catapulted into the global spotlight when thousands of confidential documents were released, exposing secrets from governments around the world.
Director Alex Gibney explained the attraction of the story: “Well there’s a wonderful David and Goliath quality about WikiLeaks. The idea that a few guys with laptops in their backpacks can make a huge difference, can suddenly collect these secrets and then publish them to the world I think it’s a fantastic idea.”
“A few individuals can make a huge difference when you have these powerful corporations or governments that are surveilling us constantly… you know, the individuals can fight back,” added Gibney.
The film follows Australian editor, activist and journalist Assange from the beginnings of WikiLeaks in 2006 until he became a wanted man after publishing documents about the Iraq War in 2010.
“There’s a complex portrait of the man in this film, both the idealism and what one of the people working for him called ‘Noble Cause Corruption’,” said Gibney. “We went through a lot of anguish trying to get that right and we talked to a lot of people, both people who loved him and people who didn’t like him so much,” added Gibney.
WikiLeaks recently hit the headlines again after assisting former CIA contractor Edward Snowden in his flight from US authorities after he released secret documents about US surveillance.
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks is released in the UK on July 12.