The Doc Option: Instead of ‘The Fifth Estate’ Watch ‘We Steal Secrets’


Julian Assange has not been a happy man this year. Being cooped up in an embassy is bad enough, but there have been not one but two high-profile films released that have pissed him off. Being portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch was not enough to assuage his anger over the treatment of his story in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, a dramatic film opening this weekend. Earlier this year, WikiLeaks went so far as to publish an annotated transcription of Alex Gibney‘s documentary We Steal Secrets, pointing out every single alleged libel and inaccuracy in the movie. So, of these two films, which is more worth the time of someone looking to learn more about WikiLeaks, Assange, and government secrets? Truthfully, both movies are problematic. But We Steal Secrets is far and away the better prospect.


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