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WikiLeaks film script leaks, draws criticism and support

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claims to have the leaked script to the WikiLeaks movie, due out in November. He calls it propaganda. Film director Bill Condon calls it a drama-meant to explore the information age.


This photo released by DreamWorks Studios, Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange (left) with Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg are seen during the filming of the WikiLeaks drama, The Fifth Estate, by the film company, in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Frank Connor/ AP/ DreamWorks Studios

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If you're making a movie about WikiLeaks, this is the kind of thing you probably see coming.

Julian Assange says he has obtained a leaked copy of the script for "The Fifth Estate," a DreamWorks film about the maverick computer expert and his famed secret-busting site. In a speech before the Oxford Union debating society earlier this week, Assange said his unauthorized sneak peek has left him convinced the film is a hit piece.


"It is a mass propaganda attack against WikiLeaks, the organization (and) the character of my staff," he said, adding that the movie — the opening scenes of which Assange described as taking place in Tehran and Cairo — also hyped Western fears over the Islamic Republic's disputed atomic energy program.


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