Published On: Fri, Jan 25th, 2013

Julian Assange attacks Benedict Cumberbatch led film as ‘massive propaganda attack’

The Wikileaks founder has voiced his dissatisfaction with a new film profiling his development of Wikileaks and the outing of secret information which made him famous.

Julian Assange speaking the Ecuador Embassy in the UK photo supplied via Wikileaks twitter feed

Julian Assange speaking the Ecuador Embassy in the UK photo supplied via Wikileaks twitter feed

Speaking to Oxford University students via a video linked from his asylum at London’s Ecuadorian embassy, Juliam Assange dubbed the movie a “massive propaganda attack” and questioned the accuracy of “West Wing” writer Josh Singer’s script.

Assange referenced specific scenes from the script, notably an early sequence inside an Iranian military compound that clearly displays nuclear symbols, reports The Guardian.

“How does this have anything to do with us? It is a lie upon lie,” he said. “The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff.”

Assange added that “Estate” was “fanning the flames” of war and contained “a lie” about meetings between US agents and scientists.

“The Fifth Estate,” which stars “Sherlock”’s Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange (first photo here), focuses on the early days of Wikileaks and is based on former Wikileaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s 2011 book Inside Wikileaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website.

Assange held what he said was a copy of the film’s script in his hand throughout the talk, though he didn’t show it to camera.

Condon had issued a statement via the film’s distributor Dreamworks, which said: “It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s revolutionised the spread of information. So this film won’t claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment.

“We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked.”

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