Early in Alex Gibney’s gripping new documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” Julian Assange declares that he “likes crushing bastards.”
By the end of the 130-minute film, Assange is one of the bastards. Seized by paranoia and the fame monster, he made WikiLeaks volunteers sign non-disclosure agreements, and charges $1 million per interview.
Along the way, Gibney’s careful journalism exposes the moral fault lines of the U.S. government’s obsession with secrecy, especially after 9/11. It is required viewing, and will be grist for op/eds when it is released next month, after it appears in the Seattle International Film Fest.