Official Secrets

Official Secrets

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The true story of a British whistle-blower who leaked information to the press about an illegal National Security Agency (NSA) spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) is a translator working at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) who finds herself frustrated with what she is seeing on the news. It is 2003 and as Tony Blair argues for British involvement in an Iraq war, she is struggling to understand the reasoning, aware of the lack of evidence underpinning his case.

Aware that a UN resolution was looking unlikely, the NSA was asking GCHQ employees to spy on diplomats, hoping to blackmail them into agreeing that invasion was necessary. Unsettled and angered by the request, Katharine found herself tasked with a life-changing dilemma, forced to weigh up the importance of herself versus her country.