British intelligence whistleblower - Katharine Gun

Released Wednesday, 16th October 2019
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What makes a whistleblower? What prompts someone to break ranks, maybe break the law, in order to expose a secret, often at great cost? Stephen Sackur interviews Katharine Gun. In 2003, she worked at the UK’s signals intelligence agency GCHQ. She leaked potentially explosive information about America’s covert effort to sway UN diplomats to support the Iraq war. She risked everything, including prison, in an act that changed her life. Now her story has been made into a movie; but, 16 years on, has her perspective changed?

Image: Katharine Gun (Credit: Lia Toby/Getty Images for BFI)

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24m 20s
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