WikiLeaks documentary maker to direct Bradley Manning film

Alex Gibney, director of "We Steal Secrets," will retell the story of the WikiLeaks whistleblower

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 31, 2013 2:36PM (EDT)

Just after ex-Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was found guilty of 17 of 22 charges brought against him by the U.S. government, Hollywood has revealed plans to adapt the whistleblower's story into a film, Variety reports.

Oscar-winning documaker Alex Gibney and producer Marc Shmuger, who made the critically-acclaimed documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks,” will charge the project. They last year bought the rights to “Private: Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, and the Biggest Exposure of Official Secrets in American History,” by Denver Nicks with the intention of adapting it into a feature film.

Manning, 25, is likely to spend the rest of his life behind bars for exposing what some consider to be war crimes during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. “I hope that Judge Lind will be lenient in her sentence, taking into consideration Manning’s intent, his willingness to take responsibility for his actions, and the outrageously abusive treatment he has received at the hands of the Obama Administration,” Gibney said regarding the Manning verdict.

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