Showtime debuts trailer for WikiLeaks documentary

Showtime has debuted a trailer for "Risk," a documentary on WikiLeaks that was granted unprecedented access to the site's operations and its leader, Julian Assange.

The film was directed by Laura Poitras, who won an Academy Award for her documentary "Citizen Four" on Edward Snowden.

The WikiLeaks documentary debuted in a different form at Cannes in May of 2016, although the trailer makes clear that the documentary as broadcast on Showtime has been updated to cover plot lines that only began during the summer of 2016.


The trailer includes testimony from FBI Director James Comey given within the past month and images of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment Outsider candidates outpoll insider candidates MORE and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE. In July, WikiLeaks began publishing emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee that were harmful to the Clinton campaign. 

The original version of "Risk" included interviews with programmer and activist Jacob Appelbaum, who was subsequently removed from his post aiding in the design of the secure Tor web browsing system due to a sexual misconduct scandal. Appelbaum does not appear in the trailer. 

The trailer debuted during Sunday's episode of the terrorism drama "Homeland." It pegs the documentary's debut for the summer.

The Guardian reviewed the original draft of the movie mostly favorably. "[W]hat we have here is an embedded report that sacrifices impartiality for access. But what access," it wrote.