Official Secrets (2019)

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Official Secrets: Directed by Gavin Hood. With Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans. The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

“Official Secrets studies the events that are happening in intelligence during the run up to the second gulf war. Having lived through the times myself was aware of the background to the movie, but unaware of the specific story that it explores.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eKeira Knightly plays Katharine Gun who works at GCHQ collecting intelligence for the UK. She is concerned about the accuracy of the intelligence that is being used to prove the case for war. The British and American government need a resolution passing at the United Nations to legitimize the war. A memo is distributed to collect intelligence on the United Nations members that can be used to coax them into voting for the resolution. She is shocked by this and wants to stop the war.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIn the same way that Brexit dominates British news at the moment WMDu0026#39;s dominated the next back then. The movie is good and shows the pressure that everybody is under. You get the chance to wonder whether you would make the same decisions as Katharine and whether she was right to do it.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eIu0026#39;ve never been a big fan of Knightly, but she does a fine job in Official Secrets. Well worth a watch.”


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