A morality tale for the 21st century, Official Secrets tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. At great personal and professional risk, journalist Martin Bright published the leaked document in The Observer newspaper in London, and the story made headlines around the world. Members of the Security Council were outraged and any chance of a UN resolution in favour of war collapsed. But within days, Bush declared he no longer needed UN backing and invaded anyway. As Iraq descended into chaos, Katharine was arrested and charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Martin faced potential charges too. Their legal battles exposed the highest levels of government in both London and Washington ...
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: Gregory Bernstein (screenplay), Sara Bernstein (screenplay), Gavin Hood (screenplay), Marcia Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion"), Thomas Mitchell (based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion")
Production: IFC Films
Released: 30 Aug 2019
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- "you are charged with an offence "contrary to Section 1, Subsection 1 "of the Official Secrets Act of 1989 "and that you did knowingly and intentionally "disclose top secret intelligence infor
- How do you plead? Guilty or not guilty?
- (KATHARINE LAUGHING) YASAR: What? KATHARINE: The neighbors will hear. YASAR: Let's move over.
- KATHARINE: Be at the cafe by 4:00. I can fetch you at 5:00. No, no, no. I was gonna get the bus. I love you. Love you.
- (IN ENGLISH) Yes. You know he has a place in Devon. He wants to take me surfing with his dog. Is that a bad thing? No, it's a great dog. Okay. When was the last time you got away? KATHARINE
- Oh, thank you. I'm starving.
- I've been here since 5:00, listening to a Russian embassy staffer trying to bribe a North Korean defector who's been downloading some kinky shit. Very arousing few hours. You're disgusting.
- (MAN SPEAKING MANDARIN ON AUDIO FILE)
- (READING) "As you've likely heard by now "the Agency is mounting a surge "particularly directed at the UN Security Council members "minus US and Great Britain, of course "for insights as to how
- (SOFTLY) Andy. Did you get this NSA e-mail?
- Are the Yanks really asking us to dig up personal shit on UN Security Council delegates? "They want the whole gamut of info "that could give US policy makers an edge "in obtaining results fa
- Powell's gonna argue for war. And they're gonna blackmail the smaller nations to make sure they get it. Fuck. Excuse me. (CLEARS THROAT) Question. FIONA: Yeah. (FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)
- Uh, this NSA memo, our people approved it? Yes, that's why it's been forwarded. The Americans want us to help them get a UN resolution for war? By next week? It's a joint UK/USA operation. UK
- Hey, (CLEARS THROAT) ours not to reason why. Everything good today, Mrs. Archer? Yes, thank you. Very good. Very, very good. I'll see you again tomorrow, yes? Yes.
- Thank you, dear. YASAR: Hey. Hey.
- You okay? Yeah, it's been a long day. I need ten minutes. Want something to eat? You working this weekend? Could we go somewhere, get out of town? Sorry, janum, I'll get next weekend for sure
- Love you. Love you. Don't forget to check in at the station. What are you gonna do? I don't know. Read a book. (GIGGLES) I'll be back by 7:00 latest.
- Mr. Gun. Signing in? YASAR: Yes, thank you. (BELL BUZZES)
- OFFICER: When will you know if you can stay? They don't say. Could be weeks. Could be months. You never know with immigration, do you? I know. Thank you. Hi, Jasmine, it's Kath. Uh, are you
- Kath. KATHARINE: Hi. Oh, come here. KATHARINE: Hello. Targeting who? The UN Security Council. Particularly the non-permanent members who could swing the vote in favor of war. Jesus.
- Maybe it's time to quit. You know, they say if you stay at GCHQ for more than five years, you never leave. I've still got two to go then. So you've still got a conscience. (LAUGHS) Are you st
- Does GCHQ have a problem with that? What? No. Give me your phone.
- I've already taken the battery out. I called you from a payphone. Sorry.
- ...if I could get you a copy of the memo, then maybe you could get somebody to look it over. I don't know, a journalist, someone in the anti-war movement. Look, if the press think it's nothing
- ANDY: Hey, Kat, they're sending me and Dan to London to learn Farsi. Wow, Farsi. Congrats. How many languages now? Eight. She's a freakin' super spy. FIONA: Andy, where's my Pyongyang report?
- FIONA: Is that the Foreign Office report? Uh, it's a rough draft. Well, finish it. Defense section needs extra hands. I said I'd send you over there this afternoon. Okay, will do.
- What we're giving you our facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence. The issue before us is not how much time we are willing to give the inspectors, but how much longer are we willing
- Brighty, where's my piece comparing Saddam to Milosevic? I need 400 words. Yeah. It's not really a 400-word topic, Rog. Yeah, it is. We have a right to intervene in the Balkans. We should do t
- That was helpful. Just write the piece as you see it, Martin, and we'll cut it down later if we need to, all right? Okay. Thank you, Peter. (EXHALES)
- Sonny and Cher. (KEYBOARD CLACKING) (PHONE RINGING) Martin Bright. YVONNE: (ON PHONE) I've got something you need to see. It's big, Martin, really big.
- Yvonne? (DOOR OPENS) (FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)
- Martin. So good to see you. In an underground car park? It's a little Deep Throat, don't you think? There's no signal down here. Right.
- Who gave you this? YVONNE: Can't say. There's no info saying who sent it. This could have been written by anyone.
- That's who wrote it. Well. Frank Koza. Who the fuck is Frank Koza? NSA. And this I know because the letters NSA have been written on the back with a leaky ballpoint. My source says the heade
- When did you get it? Two weeks ago. Two weeks? I gave it to The Mirror first. Sorry. Jesus. Why didn't they run it? They thought it was fake. No shit. Is your source NSA? No. A friend of th
- OPERATOR: (ON PHONE) NSA Press Office. How may I assist you? Yes, hi, hello there. This is Martin Bright from The Observer in London. Um, I'd like to arrange an interview with Mr. Frank Koza.
- Paul, if we, if we wanted to confirm that he exists... (CHUCKLES) Oh, sorry. I couldn't help you do that. Yeah, but if we wanted to confirm that he... Well, my own sources wouldn't ever trust m
- What? MARTIN: (ON PHONE) Ed, Martin Bright. Martin, Christ, I just got back to DC. Sorry, Peter and I have something urgent that we'd like to run by you. Are you on speaker? We are now. Hey..
- Hey. Sorry. (LAUGHS) Do you wanna get lunch? What? Lunch. Eat. Now. Yes. Oh, no, I'm fine, thanks. Are you all right? Yeah. Yeah. I'm good. It, um... This new BBC poll, it says that less th
- OPERATOR: (ON PHONE) National Security Agency. How may I direct your call? Hello, I'm returning Frank Koza's call. My secretary said it was urgent. OPERATOR: I'm sorry. Who are you trying to re
- Fuck off. PETER: So I read the weapons inspector's report. JACQUELINE: Oh, congratulations. That's more than most MP's ever done. Well, shit, that's depressing. Mmm-hmm. It is. Look, there ar
- Look, Peter, I didn't say this, but there is concern in certain quarters that intelligence may be being manipulated to take this country to war. So why don't you tell your journalists to stop
- Okay, what if I had evidence that the NSA requested GCHQ to help monitor private communications of the UN Security Council delegates? To what end? Bluntly? To blackmail them into voting for
- What are you asking me, Peter? I'm asking if you can confirm whether the NSA instructed GCHQ to assist in spying on Security Council delegates? You know I can't answer that. To do so would put
- Well, I can neither confirm nor deny.
- Okay. Let's play. Change ends, idiot. Yes.
- Your serve. ED: So the head of the CIA tells Bush it's a slam dunk that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction. A slam dunk. Yes. And that's not true? Meaning Saddam definitely does not have
- Listen, I wanted to talk to you today because I think I might finally be onto something that... ...that really support what you've been saying for months. I need to talk to a man called Frank
- He's NSA. Head of Regional Targets.
- I'm sorry, Ed. I can't give out that kind of information.
- What are you doing here? I'm sorry. I didn't wanna call. How long have you been here? We're not supposed to be meeting. I know, I've just... I've been following the news and I haven't seen or
- Oh, uh... Well, maybe that's okay. You know, I... Look, I mean, all of the polls said everyone's against the war, anyway and I, and I've just been thinking... Look, I think that I acted too
- Sorry. It's out of our hands now.
- Sorry. The truth is, the whole document could be a fake. But we're satisfied the language used is real. It's fascinating. Yeah.
- Is this document actually in your possession? Well, if it were, I'd be in breach of the Official Secrets Act wouldn't I? (BOTH LAUGH) So based on what might be in this document... That you do
- You know, Martin, I believe that all information collected in the name of the public should be made public.
- The only question is, when. But in this case, I don't have the luxury of time, Admiral. Powell just made a very strong case for war. Yes, I see.
- I have also always believed that censorship when called for should be based on security issues alone... ...not on whether a news report might embarrass a government.
- Thank you, Admiral. EDIE: (ON SPEAKER) Ed, it's Edie from the London office. I got a weird message for you from someone who wouldn't give his name. He said you should call extension 6727. Mak
- 6727. (LINE RINGING) OPERATOR: NSA. How may I direct your call? Hello. Extension 6727, please. 6727? 6727, yes. One moment.
- SECRETARY: Frank Koza's office.
- Hello, may I speak to Mr. Frank Koza, please? Who shall I say is calling? I can't say. Just put me through. Yes, sir.
- Mr. Koza? Mr. Frank Koza? Yes. Who's calling? Mr. Koza, my name is Ed Vulliamy. I work for The Observer newspaper in London. I wanted to ask you about a memo you sent to GCHQ.
- (LINE DISCONNECTS) Do you think this is real? ED: (ON PHONE) Yes, they put me through. To Frank Koza? Yes. And you spoke to him directly, right, Ed? Well, we didn't exactly have a conversati
- Yvonne Ridley. ROGER: Yvonne fucking Ridley! The woman who fell off a donkey in Afghanistan at some Taliban checkpoint! Her arse over a tit with a camera up her burka and then she converted to
- Look, we know Koza exists. Beaver says the language used is authentic. And Wilkinson says that while publication may embarrass both governments, he doesn't believe that it poses a security risk
- Jan, where are we legally? Wilkinson may not issue a D-Notice but that doesn't stop Special Branch from coming after us. Thank you. Legally, we have a top secret document in our possession.
- Look, Rog, don't forget we're getting detailed information directly from Blair's office. Fuck off. Well, he's right. Printing this kind of story would kill that relationship. Since when did th
- Yes. We do. Fuck. ROGER: But Peter's right. This is a fucking good story.
- Thank you, Roger. (CLEARS THROAT)
- Wait, I'll come with you. I'm just going to go get some milk. Go back to bed. I'll bring you a coffee. Okay.
- (KATHARINE RETCHES) What's going on?
- Bravo, Martin. MAN: Ah, there he is. Well done. (CHEERING) WOMAN: Here he is! MAN: Nice one, Martin. (INDISTINCT CHATTER)
- ROGER: Brighty, congratulations. Bloody brilliant. Thank you. What have you got for me next? PETER: Every major European paper is citing us and we've had calls in from CNN, NBC, and Fox. They
- Martin Bright. Thank you. Thank you. Uh, no, the person who leaked it hasn't been identified.
- YASAR: Why'd you do it? I just thought that they'd investigate. I never expected them to print the whole memo. Why didn't you tell me? Sorry, I didn't, I didn't, I... I thought that you would t
- I haven't told anyone. Good. That's good.
- That's very kind. All right, thank you.
- Why don't you get in touch with your friend Tony, Kamal? Ask him if he has an opinion. That's not funny, Rog. - Martin? - Yes? NBC just canceled your interview. What? NBC no longer wished to
- MARTIN: Ah, uh. No. At this stage, we have no idea what information was gathered from Chile or any of the other countries. Peter. Yeah? Fox says that they have to cancel. What? Why? Uh, yea
- No. No, no. No, no. That's all right. Ah... May I ask why?
- Yes, I stand by it. Of course I stand by it. The Drudge Report?
- Yeah. All right, okay. ROGER: What the fuck is going on? (KEYBOARD CLACKING)
- It's fake. We've printed a fake fucking memo from Yvonne fucking Ridley!
- Oh, you fucking idiot. There. You see it? Because the Americans did. Favourable. F-A-V-O-U-R. Some English cunt has tried to fake an American NSA memo and you fucking schmucks fell for it. Wai
- American spelling. ROGER: What? MARTIN: The original has American spelling.
- And this is what I filed, see? Favorable. O-R. Just like the original. Not O-U-R. And recognize with a Z, not an S.
- Who... Who changed what I fucking wrote? ROGER: Come on, speak up! Who did this?
- Nicole, what did you do? I, um...
- I ran it through spell check.
- Spell check? Jesus. That's what I always do. I'm so sorry. Do not cry, Nicole. Do not fucking cry.
- Okay, well, we know that it's not fake. We go online, we explain what happened, we call all of the networks. Stop it, Martin. Fuck, Rog, it was an honest mistake. Don't be so naive. You're an
- It's all right. Would you like a cup of tea?
- FIONA: Someone in this building has betrayed their government and their country. Now I'm sure it wasn't anyone in this division, but starting today, Internal Security will be conducting inter
- You should see the file that tosser's got on me. What did he ask you? FIONA: Katharine!
- Katharine Gun? Yes? I'm John from Internal Security. Please.
- Mandarin translator. GCHQ for two years. Yes. And before that? I taught English to Japanese students. Hiroshima, right? Yes. Interesting. Did you visit the memorial? The peace memorial? To
- Yes, actually, I did. It's, uh...
- It's something you really have to see. It's very moving.
- Compels one to think about the consequences of war, doesn't it? Yes, I suppose it does. Are you anti-war, Katharine? Uh, I think sometimes war is necessary.
- I see you lived in Taiwan as a child? Yes. How long did you live there? We moved over when I was three. I came back to do my A-levels. So for most of your childhood then? Yes. You had a relig
- But you read it? Yes. I mean, it was sent to me, so I read it. What were your immediate thoughts after you read it? Nothing much. It didn't really bother me. It didn't?
- Who do you think might have leaked it?
- Thank you, Mrs. Gun. That's all for now.
- They're bringing everyone in. One by one.
- You haven't said anything? Okay. Just eat a little.
- Everything will be all right.
- Hi, Fiona, it's Katharine. Um... I'm so sorry but I don't think I'm gonna be able to come in today. Yeah, I think I've caught a tummy bug. Yeah. Thank you. Thank you so much. What'd she say?
- REPORTER: ...ask you about a report in The Observer newspaper in London, a memo reported to be from a man who actually works at the NSA in which he describes a "surge in surveillance "of UN Se
- The Americans are refusing to admit that the memo was real. I have to tell the truth. If I don't, then they'll get away with saying it was a fake. Janum, you did what you could. Now leave it a
- If I don't say it was me, then we'll go to war based on blackmail and lies. And I can't live with that. I won't.
- Janum, please listen to me. I work at a cafe. I took the job because I needed a job. But it's just a job. You did the same thing, remember? When you saw the advert, you said you didn't even kn
- It's just a job. And you can get another job.
- You just need to keep your head down for a few more weeks until things calm down. Then you resign, you can get another job.
- MI-YUNG: Hey. (SPEAKING MANDARIN)
- ANDY: On a diet? What? No cinnamon bun? (SIGHS) Who's in there now? Nuri. Second time. Had him take a lie detector test yesterday.
- Necklace. Watch. Belt. I don't have a belt. (NECKLACE CLINKS)
- OFFICER: Take her through cell 7.
- (LOCKS DOOR) SECURITY OFFICER: I've found the passports and a couple of foreign books.
- I want to see her. Where is she? They can't keep me long. They haven't charged me yet. No contact, please.
- Where are they holding you? Downstairs.
- I'm okay. I promise I'm okay.
- (FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING) (DOOR UNLOCKS, OPENS)
- Katharine Gun? Yes. We're from Scotland Yard. Do you have a lawyer? TINTIN: There's a duty solicitor on call. She'll sit in with you.
- (TAPE RECORDER CLICKS) TINTIN: Your supervisor speaks highly of your integrity. She says this breach was a foolish one-off. Was it? Do you mean if I leaked anything else? No. Do you intend to
- Yes. Until now. What were you employed to do? Well, I can't be specific. Be general then. I translated signals intelligence and I reported anything I thought might be of interest to my client
- With respect, Mrs. Gun, you're a spy. Yes. You gather information from people's phones and computers and you feed that to your clients. Yes. You eavesdrop on private conversations. And now
- Who put you up to this? No one. But you gave the memo to someone. Who did you give it to? A journalist? Someone in the anti-war movement? MAN: Your husband?
- SOLICITOR: You don't have to answer that. No, I will answer that. My husband had absolutely nothing to do with this. He was briefly detained here, too, wasn't he? Pending deportation? Yes, he
- Are you all right, janum? Are you all right? Yeah, come on. Katharine? I'm sorry. I deal mostly with petty criminals, drunks and drug addicts. If you're charged, you're gonna need someone wit
- REPORTER: (ON TV) George W. Bush's patience with the United Nation has run out because they haven't managed to get those nine votes at the Security Council which would give them, what they cal
- Do you wanna come in? Oh, no, no, no. I'm all packed for London. I just, um... I just wanted to say, I think that what you did was amazing. You do? Yeah. A lot of us do. Really?
- Are they going to charge you? I don't know.
- (CRYING) God, Kat, I'm so sorry. Hey, you didn't do anything wrong. I didn't do anything right. I...
- (MI-YUNG CHUCKLES, SNIFFLES) I better be going. Bye.
- (AIRCRAFT WHOOSHING) (EXPLOSIONS)
- PRESIDENT BUSH: My fellow citizens, at this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from
- We will meet that threat now. We should have got that memo out sooner. We did what we could. We fucking failed. PRESIDENT BUSH: So that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefight
- You want to come to the cafe? Work with me?
- If we use the phones, they'll be listening. Let them listen. We have nothing to hide.
- You should contact those lawyers...
- (DOORBELL BUZZES) MAN: Hello? Hi. Uh, it's Katharine. Uh, Katharine Gun. I phoned this morning. Oh, yes, Katharine. Please, um, come on up. (DOOR BUZZES)
- Katharine? Hello. James. Lovely to meet you. Thanks for seeing me. Not at all. I'm sorry about the decor. We like to say we focus more on our clients. This is Shami Chakrabarti, our directo
- Sorry. There's nothing to be sorry for. We're here to help. (CHUCKLES LIGHTLY)
- And we don't have duress. She's adamant no outside agency put any pressure on her. Public interest? The public has a right to know when their government is lying. We cite the Falklands case w
- If they charge her, we might have to plead guilty and ask for a reduced sentence. But she's young and principled. A judge might even think that what she did was morally right. Or crucify her a
- You sure he was following you? He was staring at me. Sometimes men stare... Yeah, it wasn't that kind of a stare. What kind of a stare was it? Yas, please, I'm scared. Okay? I'm scared.
- You know, for years, I've tried to be legal here. I know. Then why'd you do it? These arseholes got their war, anyway. Saddam's over. And you know what? I'm glad he's over! War is not over.
- Thank you for inviting us in. What is it you came to say? Well, there's been a development. Am I going to be charged? That I don't know. Then why are you here? I gather you went to see a lawye
- Are you saying I can't talk to a lawyer? Oh, you have the right to talk to a lawyer. It's just that you cannot discuss anything to do with your work at GCHQ, or the contents of the memo you l
- All of this information is top secret. So disclosing it to anyone outside of GCHQ, even a lawyer, would be a further violation of the Official Secrets Act, which could result in further prosec
- We just wanted you to be aware of that.
- So if I may not talk to a lawyer, who may I talk to? You should talk to your superiors at GCHQ. Are you fucking joking? Yas, please. Please. We should hear what the detectives have to say. Th
- Simply put, if you wish to tell anything to a lawyer or the press or anyone else... ...you first need to clear it with GCHQ.
- Detective... I leaked only one memo. I had good reason to do so and I intend to make those reasons public if I am charged. I will not talk to my lawyers again unless I am charged. Tell that t
- Oh, come on, we're friends. I'll make my position perfectly clear. If you charge her, then I will defend her to the best of my ability.
- So let's go home and pretend that this conversation never happened.
- You're not working today? No. I have to sign in at the station.
- Then we can go for a hike. I want to see the sea.
- (TELEPHONE RINGING) Leave it.
- KATHARINE ON RECORDING: Hi, we're not in. Please leave a message. Katharine, it's James Welch from Liberty. Uh, we should talk. Could give me a call when you get the message? Hello? Oh, ah, K
- Okay. Yeah. I know that this is a lot to take in, but we will help you. Thank you.
- Okay. Thank you very much, James. Speak soon.
- EDIE: "GCHQ whistleblower charged." "Traitor or spy?" "Spy speaks out." "The spy who wouldn't keep a secret." "Who is Katharine Gun?" "Leak against this war." She's everywhere. What's your an
- Are you waiting for the tall man? The dark-haired one? Yeah. He was shouting that his wife was outside. They took him. What? They took him.
- All right, I'll review his paperwork. NIGEL: Thank you. And please make sure he's not flown out tonight. (CALL DISCONNECTS)
- I'm sorry. Best I can do for now. I promise I will pick this up first thing tomorrow. (TELEPHONE RINGING) Hello? JAMES: We tracked him to Harmondsworth Detention Center. It's a deportation ce
- This is a mistake, sir. This is a mistake. Come on. Please. I need to call my wife. I must call my wife! (TIRES SKIDDING)
- (HORN BLARES) GUARD: Next in line.
- Yeah? KATHARINE: James, James, um, I don't know if I'm even at the right place. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, but it's 4:00 a.m. There's nobody to talk to. Wait, wait. Someone's coming. Wait. Oh,
- I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry. It's all right. You okay? I'm okay. Are you okay? You're okay? Yeah, yeah.
- If they try and pull anything like that again, then I want to go public. Not a good idea. Why not? Because people are fickle. Many will hate you. Your personal lives will be picked apart, you
- BEN: I'm gonna get Elizabeth Wilmshurst's number.
- You've put me in a rather awkward position. I'm sorry, but thank you for seeing me. I think what she did took great courage. And she was naive, of course, but brave. And you were brave enough
- But not to speak out in public. If I had, I might have caused more of a brouhaha. Sparked a proper debate. Can I ask you, uh, how did you resign?
- I wrote a letter. And in that letter, did you give a reason for your resignation? I restated my position on the legality of going to war. Which was? That it would not be lawful to use force
- And was that a written opinion? It was a detailed advisory document.
- Right, so then would that have been his position at the time that Katharine Gun printed the Koza memo on February 3?
- And then he went to Washington. Oh, really? Well, who did he meet there? I wasn't given details. But after that trip, his opinion changed. In nine short paragraphs, he said that the UN's autho
- Then I'll be found guilty. BEN: Almost certainly, yes.
- So, do you want to risk it all and ask for disclosure of the government's documents, or would you rather plead guilty and hope for a reduced sentence?
- (SIGHS) I think... ...we were lied into an illegal war.
- (CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICKING) (CLAMORING)
- You ready? No statements now, remember. Let's just get through those doors.
- JAMES: Katharine, you okay? KATHARINE: Yeah. JAMES: Ben's already in the courtroom but he wanted you to meet Martin Bright. Uh, he's covering the trial. Katharine, it's an honor. I'll be in th
- JAMES: We should go in, Martin. MARTIN: Yes. Sorry, James. Yes. Uh, be strong.
- Katharine, you're going that way. Uh, can I just have a moment? Of course. Thanks.
- You should leave that behind, ma'am. Uh, yeah, sorry, can I just have a second? Just...
- (CELL PHONE RINGS) Janum? Hi. Um, I'm about to go in.
- I love you too. Uh, I'm gonna try and call as soon as I can. I wish I was there with you.
- I know. I'm so sorry. You have nothing to be sorry for.
- I'm so proud of you. So proud of you.
- SECURITY: Miss? (SNIFFLES) Sorry. I can take your bag. We'll see you in there, okay? Yeah.
- Your scarf and jacket, please.
- Okay, and then if you'll raise your arms.
- (PICKS UP RECEIVER) She's here. Right. Okay. Judge is ready.
- CLERK: Are you Katharine Teresa Gun? (SOFTLY) Yes. I'm sorry. Can you speak up, please? Yes, I am. CLERK: "Katharine Teresa Gun, "you are charged with an offense "contrary to Section 1, Subs
- Not guilty. (AUDIENCE MURMURING)
- Yes, thank you, My Lord. My Lord, in light of recent developments, the prosecution will offer no evidence against the defendant on this indictment. (AUDIENCE MURMURING) JUDGE: I beg your pardo
- My Lord, the prosecution will not pursue the indictment. JUDGE: Today? No, My Lord. JUDGE: I'm sorry. Are you asking for an adjournment, Mr. Ellison? ELLISON: No, My Lord. JUDGE: You are sayin
- My Lord, the accused submitted an unusual defense. Yes. The defense of necessity. ELLISON: Yes. And? And we do not believe we have sufficient evidence to rebut it. Why not? She confessed. Be
- Then kindly hand over the documents that we have asked to see. My Lord, the prosecution is not obliged. Indeed, it is not permitted to continue with a case if it does not believe there is a re
- Again, My Lord, we do not feel we have a realistic prospect of a conviction. There is nothing more I can say. JUDGE: To be clear, you are withdrawing all charges against Katharine Teresa Gun?
- Yes, My Lord. (INDISTINCT CHATTER)
- ...you are free to go. (SIGHS)
- REPORTER 1: In a startling about-turn, the Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its case against an intelligence... REPORTER 2: At 29, Katharine Gun was facing jail for breaking the... REPORT
- REPORTER 5: First tonight, Katharine Gun walks free. In a dramatic about-turn, the Crown... REPORTER 6: So did the Attorney General put pressure on to stop the trial? Did GCHQ? Did the prime
- (CLAMORING) REPORTER: Would you do it again? Would you do it again? I have no regrets. Yes, and I would do it again, yes.
- You know, it wasn't my choice to prosecute.
- I was bound by the decision of the Attorney General. Why did you keep her in a state of distress for a year before you brought charges? The services wanted to make an example of her. If we dro
Katharine Gun - Keira Knightley
Martin Bright - Matt Smith
Peter Beaumont - Matthew Goode
Ed Vulliamy - Rhys Ifans
Yasar Gun - Adam Bakri
Ben Emmerson - Ralph Fiennes
Roger Alton - Conleth Hill
Shami Chakrabarti - Indira Varma
Ken Macdonald - Jeremy Northam
James Welch - John Heffernan
Fiona Bygate - Monica Dolan
Elizabeth Wilmshurst - Tamsin Greig
Mi-Yung - Niccy Lin
Andy Dumfries - Jack Farthing
Mrs. Archer - Gabrielle Downey
Policewoman - Fiona Skinner
Jasmine (as Myanna Buring) - MyAnna Buring
Edie Rielly - Lindy Whiteford
Kamal Ahmed - Ray Panthaki
Jan Clements - Janie Dee
Yvonne Ridley - Hattie Morahan
Paul Beaver - Will Barton
Jacqueline / MI6 Agent - Katherine Kelly
Mel - Raad Rawi
Rear-Admiral Nick Wilkinson - Clive Francis
Male Journalist - Martin Bright
Female Journalist - Vanessa Thorpe
Nicole Mowbray - Hanako Footman
John Internal Security - Shaun Dooley
Female Custody Sergeant - Sophie Duval
Police Officer - Stuart Ramsay
TinTin - Peter Guinness
Jerry / Scotland Yard - Chris Reilly
Duty Solicitor - Jodie McNee
Officer Pitt - David Maybrick
Officer Knowles - Simon Rogers
Anne Emmerson - Raquel Cassidy
Young Romanian Girl - Corinna Wilson
Duty Officer - Brett Allen
Nigel Jones - Chris Larkin
Driver - Patrick Moy
BBC Reporter - Vinta Morgan
Courtroom Guard - Jessica Fostekew
Clerk of the Court - Michael James
Judge Hyam - Kenneth Cranham
Mark Ellison - Angus Wright
Arrested Airport Detainee - Manoj Anand
Dead Body 4 - Rodrig Andrisan
Airport Detainee - Raj Awasti
GCHQ Colleague - Antony Barlow
Police Officer - Paul Blackwell
Self (archive footage) - Tony Blair
Self (archive footage) - George W. Bush
Ground Crew - Lee Byford
Arrested Airport Detainee - Shafi Choudhury
Iraqi Protestor - Rene Costa
GCHQ Security / Police - Grant Crookes
Chilean Ambassador - Darrell D'Silva
Journalist - Adam Darlington
Press / Court Reporter - Gary Davies
Analyst - Mark Anthony Dawson
Self - White House Press Secretary (archive footage) - Ari Fleischer
Passerby - Anthony G Hamer
Observer Journalist - Jane Hamer
Newspaper Reporter - Tony Holness
Newspaper Reporter - Daniel Hopkins
Prosecutor - Mark Hugh-Williams
Home Office Official Doncaster Airport - Joanne James
Press Fashion Newspaper Reporter - Jess Kaur
Police Officer - Craig Thomas Lambert
Office Worker - Lora Moss
Police Officer - Colin Murtagh
Observer Journalist - Anneliese Orr
News 29 Reporter - T. Mark Owens
Public Gallery Court Member - Tina Louise Owens
Noorie Patel - Shayast Panezai
Airport Ground Crew - Mark Phillips
Self (archive footage) - Colin Powell
Desk Sergeant - Mark Preston
Catherine Guns Father - Paul Redfern
Iraqi Trauma Nurse - Jatinder Rehal
Observer Journalist - Nig Richards
Arrested Airport Detainee - John Alan Roberts
Arresting Police Officer - Bianca Rudman
Airport Detective - Frank Saul
Arrested Airport Detainee - Mansoor Shah
Airport Detainee - Atul Sharma
Public Gallery Court Member - Dave Simon
Family Member - Nicola Simonds
GCHQ Colleague - Kieran Thomas
Journalist - Tim Walker
Police Van Driver - Martin Webbe
GCHQ Security Officer - Jo Wheatley
Police Station Attendee - Tim Wildman
Observer Journalist - Iain Wilkie
Cafe Patron - John James Woodward