Just an ordinary person doing what is right

Keira Knightley plays Katharine Gun, a translator working for British intelligence who in 2003 leaked a troubling e-mail that suggested covert attempts by the United States to coerce diplomats into supporting the Iraq war.
Keira Knightley plays Katharine Gun, a translator working for British intelligence who in 2003 leaked a troubling e-mail that suggested covert attempts by the United States to coerce diplomats into supporting the Iraq war. PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

Official Secrets examines one woman's decision to leak an e-mail that irrevocably changes her life

Many know of whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, who leaked large troves of documents they saw while working for the United States government and went on to become high-profile activists.

But the film Official Secrets, which opens in Singapore on Thursday, is about a far more modest whistleblower: a young woman named Katharine Gun, who in 2003 leaked a troubling e-mail she saw as a Mandarin translator working for British intelligence - one that suggested covert attempts by the US to coerce diplomats into supporting the Iraq war.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2019, with the headline 'Just an ordinary person doing what is right'. Print Edition | Subscribe