Must-see morning clip: Alex Gibney talks about state secrets on "Colbert Report"

The "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" filmmaker explains the Bradley Manning trial

Published June 5, 2013 1:26PM (EDT)

"Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney stopped by "The Colbert Report" to discuss "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks," currently out in theaters. Gibney didn't reveal any state secrets, but he explained that the phrase "We Steal Secrets" is a direct quote from former CIA director Michael Hayden. "Alex, we [the CIA] steal secrets -- that's what we do," said Hayden.

In an overview of the case against Bradley Manning -- who in 2010 released classified documents on the Iraq war, which were then published around the world with help from WikiLeaks -- Gibney said, "Frankly, the secrets he leaked did a lot of good."

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By Prachi Gupta

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