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WikiLeaks movie script apparently leaked -- to WikiLeaks founder

January 25, 2013|By Richard Verrier
  • Benedict Cumberbatch plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl plays site spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg in "The Fifth Estate."
Benedict Cumberbatch plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Daniel… (Frank Connor )

It seems a movie script about WikiLeaks has been leaked to the founder of the site himself.

In a speech posted to the Web on Friday, Julian Assange said he had obtained the script for “The Fifth Estate,” an upcoming DreamWorks film that stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange and Daniel Bruhl as former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

The film, which set to be released in the U.S. on Nov. 15 through Disney's Touchstone label, began principal photography last week in Iceland and is filming this week in Berlin. The film also will shoot in Belgium, where it is to receive a tax credit.

Assange didn't say how he had obtained the script but described the film as a "mass propaganda attack" on the WikiLeaks website, according to an Associated Press report.

A DreamWorks spokeswoman declined to comment.

Assange made the comments to the Oxford Union on Wednesday through videolink from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London.

He fled to the embassy last year to evade extradition to Sweden, which wants to question him in connection with allegations that he sexually abused two women in 2010.

Assange has denied wrongdoing. He and his supporters contend the allegations were trumped up to force his eventual extradition to the U.S., which they believe wants to try him for espionage in connection with WikiLeaks' release of thousands of classified government files.

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