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‘Official Secrets’ review: Keira Knightley miscast as whistleblower

It’s the Knightley News! That’s right, with “Official Secrets” Keira Knightley is forgoing the usual hoop skirt and trying her hand at headlines — and pants. The role: Katharine Gun, a British woman who in 2003 became famous for being the Iraq War whistleblower. Gun worked as a translator for the GCHQ — the UK’s equivalent of the NSA — when she received an email requesting intelligence on six United Nations members who were vital votes in the approval of the war in the Middle East. The appalled Gun interpreted the memo as blackmail, and leaked it to the UK’s Observer newspaper. Her life unraveled from there. There’s nothing wrong with Knightley taking a break from Jane Austen, duchesses and Parisian authors. But s ...