Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has claimed that an upcoming Dreamworks film about his life is an unfair representation of him and his colleagues, and that it is a ‘massive propaganda attack’ on the site.
Assange, who has for 7 months taken refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (England) given the UK government’s intention to deport the Australian-born journalist to Sweden over sexual assault accusations (which Assange claims is being treated as a ‘holding case’ to then re-deport him to the USA over crimes committed by WikiLeaks), was guest speaking to students at Oxford Univerity (England), during which he attacked the accuracy of the Josh Singer-written script for new film The Fifth Estate.
The film, with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) in the lead role, tells the story of Assange founding whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, and after the first promotional images were revealed this week, Assange expressed his distaste at the script, earmarking an early sequence that is set ’inside an Iranian military compound’ clearly displaying ‘nuclear symbols’, an event which he claims did not happen.
Assange summarised: “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.”
The editor/activist added that The Fifth Estate‘s production is ‘fanning the flames of war’ and is also fabricating scenes between American agents and scientists.
The Fifth Estate, which is being directed by Bill Condon (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), also stars Daniel Bruhl as Assange’s business associate Daniel Domscheit-Berg (who’s book (Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website) and David Leigh/Luke Harding work WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy are the basis for the main story of the film), and also features a supporting cast including Laura Linney, David Thewlis, Alicia Vikander, and Peter Capaldi.
The drama is due for a release in America on 15 November, but it appears that the subject of the film is not too flattered at his portrayal even before he has seen it. Even a dog is taking a cinematic treatment better than he is right now…