Alex Gibney’s nutshell chronological history of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and the Bradley Manning/Iraq-Afghanistan national security revelations of 2010 is a useful organizing tool for a story that’s still being written – although documentarian Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side
) serves it up more as Assange’s “obituary” (as in the death of his credibility). The filmmaker is not shy about displaying skepticism about Assange’s cult of personality and his questionable personal life, all the while acknowledging WikiLeaks’ profound effect on the world. Among Gibney’s talking heads: ultra-hacker Adrian Lamo, former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden, and Nick Davies, a fellow investigative reporter. None of the experts can completely celebrate or condemn the WikiLeaks impetus. That’s one of the things that makes this provocative, challenging doc so compelling.(130 min.)
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