Official Secrets: Meet the whistleblower who tried to stop the Iraq war


In the lead-up to the 2003 Iraq war, Katharine Gun, a young translator working for British intelligence, uncovered a plot by the United States government to spy on the United Nations. The goal was to uncover information about holdout delegates on the UN Security Council in an attempt to gain their support for the war. Gun made the decision to leak the information to the press because she believed the world had a right to know. The act would ultimately cost her her job and open her up to prosecution by the British government for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act.

Gun’s largely overlooked story is the subject of a new film, “Official Secrets” in which she is played by actress Keira Knightley. On this episode of The Stream we talk to Katharine Gun, journalist Martin Bright, who first reported the leak, as well as Gavin Hood, the film’s director.

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