Official Secrets is based on the true story of a British Intelligence Officer who receives a memo from the NSA in 2003 that informs her and her colleagues that the USA is enlisted the help of Britain to collect compromising information on United Nation Security Council members so they might blackmail them into voting for the invasion of Iraq.
Unable to live with her conscience, she then leaks the memo to a friend where it eventually ends up in the hands of a journalist at The Observer newspaper, a paper that had always been pro government and war until they receive the memo and decide to print the story. With pressure mounting at work to find the full source of the leak, Katharine Gun reveals she was the source of the leak and so is charged with breaking The Official Secrets Act. Following this is a story of political conspiracy , defiance, betrayal and bravery. Now off course you can free download this movie.
Also this is not a movie that will restore your faith in government, there are shocking betrayals both on a national and personal level by those in power at the time. It’s a slow burner of a film but still fascinating and sweaty palm inducing , even if you already know the eventual outcome of the story. Keira Knightley was very good in the lead role, Ralph Fiennes was super as the man who defended her, Matt Smith was also good as The Observer journalist Martin Bright who broke the story and the rest of the supporting cast held their own too. Well worth watching online.