Benedict Cumberbatch is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in this dramatised retelling of the heady, early days of the whistleblowing website - culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The publicity of the leak brought overnight fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media. Based on the books written by Assange's colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl, Rush) and Guardian journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.
Assange and Domscheit-Berg began things as an underground watchdog of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. They are soon breaking more hard news than the world’s media outlets combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society?
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