The two films about Julian and his WikiLeaks

It was a matter of time to know who or who would make the rights to the scandals unleashed by Julian Assange through its WikiLeaks website, a medium where classified information classified from countries, government agencies, financial or control entities, that have put To stagger many political relations.

In this case it is two different producers who have proposed to take to the movies this uncomfortable (for more than one) political history. The one is a documentary, so its sense of denunciation and criticism will be more marked and the other is a feature film that will be a little more focused on the origins of the nonprofit organization (supposedly) dedicated to disseminating this information.


A renowned filmmaker is responsible for this story, Alex Gibney , considered as one of the most important documentalists today and in his charge was also the script and co-production.

The two films about Julian Assange and his wikileaks

Gibney is known for “scrounging” in embarrassing scandals like that of a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and later killed at Bagram Air Force Base, a story he documented in “Taxy to the Dark Side” for which he won the Oscar in 2007.

“We Steal Secrets: The History of WikiLeaks” (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks)  is the title of this documentary that as it is expected to delve into the way the documents revealed to the public have been released and who have Been the main players who have “freed” hundreds of cables with classified information, especially the US government.

One of the most curious things about this documentary is that the phrase that gave rise to its title was not uttered by the founder of WikiLeaks , but by Bradley Manning , the intelligence analyst of the United States Army accused of filtering the information to the website And for which he is being held in conditions of total isolation, a fact that has caused mobilizations in different countries that, as with Assange, consider that Manning did good to all humanity in publicizing the abuses committed by the US government.

The film premiered at Sundance and will be released on May 24, limited, in the United States (Los Angeles and New York). Starting in June, the international distribution will take place. Today the first trailer for this documentary has been released, watch now!


Dreamworks in partnership with Touchstone Pictures (in distribution) are responsible for this story entitled “The Fifth State” , directed by Bill Condon (Twilight Saga 1 and 2) and British actor Benedict Cumberbatch incarnated Assange, who at the beginning of the year disapproved of the script by calling him a liar because, according to him, he attacks his integrity and that of those who have worked in the organization.

The first thing that has come to clarify the production is that this film is not intended to deliver value judgments since even those responsible for imparting justice have still determined the true scope of these leaks.

The script of this feature film is based on two books, one is “Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website ” published by Domscheit-Berg in 2011 and the other ” WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” written By journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. (How many have already profited from this story and those who are missing!).


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