Assange condemns film on Wikileaks

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says a Hollywood film about his controversial website is a "massive propaganda attack" against the whistle-blowing organisation.

Assange condemns film on Wikileaks

World Bulletin / News Desk

Filming has begun on a movie drama about Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks website that director Bill Condon said will not attempt to pass final judgment on the former hacker and his influence.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says a Hollywood film about his controversial website is a "massive propaganda attack" against the whistle-blowing organisation.

Assange said Dreamworks was spending millions of dollars on the film, which he said was "fanning the flames" of war against Iran. Reading from the script, he said the opening scene was inside a military complex in Iran, with documents containing nuclear symbols. The suggestion is that Iran is working on an atomic weapon, said Assange. He added: "How does this have anything to do with us? It is a lie upon lie. The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff."

Hollywood movie studio DreamWorks said on Wednesday that "The Fifth Estate," starring British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange, will open in U.S. movie theaters in November 2013.

The movie will trace the early days of WikiLeaks through the eyes of Assange and his German former spokesman, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (played by Daniel Brühl), culminating in the release in 2010 of a series of thousands of government documents and emails.

"It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won't claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment," said Condon in a statement.

The movie screenplay is based on Domscheit-Berg's 2011 book "Inside WikiLeaks," written after the disillusioned German activist quit the organization, and a second book, "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy," by journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

Assange, who grew up in Australia, was also profiled in the 2012 Australian TV film "Underground."

The WikiLeaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for seven months to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning on allegations of sexual assault.

Assange has said he fears extradition will ultimately lead to him being sent to the United States, which is furious that WikiLeaks has leaked hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic and military cables.

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