Monday, 24 February, 2020

Assange calls WikiLeaks film ‘anti-iran propaganda attack’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lashed out on Wednesday at a Hollywood film about his website, calling the movie “a massive propaganda attack”.

Speaking to students at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University by video-link from the Ecuadoran embassy in London, Assange revealed that he had acquired a copy of the script for “The Fifth Estate”, due to be released in November.

“It is a mass propaganda attack against WikiLeaks the organization, but it is not just an attack against us – it is an attack against Iran. It fans the flames to start a war with Iran.” he said.

Reading from the script, he said the opening scene was set inside a military complex in Iran with documents containing nuclear symbols

A subsequent scene in Cairo showed an Iranian nuclear scientist talking with a CIA agent. The scientist says Iran is testing the explosive in the next six months.

But Assange said in actual fact, the US’s own intelligence agencies had confirmed Iran didn’t have a nuclear weapons program.

“It’s a lie upon a lie – a great big-budget thing that’s going to be pushed out in November.”

Assange said the film slandered an entire nation and “beat the drums of war”.

DreamWorks Studios announced on Tuesday that it had begun shooting the WikiLeaks movie, which stars British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange.

A photo released by the company showed Cumberbatch with lank hair dyed the same platinum shade as the WikiLeaks founder’s, with German actor Daniel Bruehl standing beside him as former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

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