Assange slams WikiLeaks film as “massive propaganda attack”

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at a film based around the early days of his whistle-blower website for inaccuracies.

The film The Fifth Estate stars British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the blonde-mopped Assange and is due to be released in November.  

But Assange is enraged about various misrepresentations of his work that have been portrayed by the Dreamworks picture, calling it a “massive propaganda attack” against his organisation.

Assange has been given a movie script which he says is “fanning the flames” of war against Iran because it pictures various scenes from Iranian nuclear facilities – indicating that Iran is building nuclear weapons.

Iran insists that its nuclear work is strictly for civilian purposes, but the US, EU and Israel are concerned that it could soon produce weapons-grade uranium.

“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,” Assange said.

The native Swede gave the address to students at the Oxford Union from the Ecuadorian Embassy in Knightsbridge yesterday. Assange has been granted asylum at the embassy as he is wanted on sex charges in Sweden. He has consistently denied the allegations.

The film’s director Bill Condon said yesterday: “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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