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Official Secrets (2019)Official Secrets (2019)

Official Secrets (2019)

Biography of an Iraq War whistleblower

Drama, History, Thriller

best
THE VERY BEST

8.0

movie

China, Switzerland

English, German, Mandarin

Instructive, Suspenseful, True-story-based

2019

Gavin Hood

Adam Bakri, Andrew Marr, Angus Wright

112 min

Synopsis

The true story of British intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun who—prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion—leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

Our Take

8.0
Bilal Zouheir

Keira Knightley stars in this incredible true story of an Iraq War whistleblower who remains relatively little-known in the U.S. Katharine Gun was working for the communications office for the British government when she received a memo in the months leading to the war that showed that the U.S. requested illegal wiretapping assistance from the U.K. on U.N. diplomats. In a heroic act, she chooses to share this memo, hoping that it would stop her government (then led by Tony Blair) from going to war. Spoiler alert: didn’t happen, but this decision, which first seemed like a personal sacrifice, has severe implications on her family as the government finds out that she was behind the leak. A compelling political mystery of a case that deserves much more attention than it once got.

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