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Assange Refuses to Meet Cumberbatch in Protest of The Fifth Estate’s Many Falsehoods

Just a day before the UK release of The Fifth Estate last week, WikiLeaks published the first reply Julian Assange emailed to Benedict Cumberbatch to portray his concerns that the film misleads the public with numerous inaccuracies. The letter was sent to Cumberbatch after he had reached out to contact Assange way back in January, just before principal photography was scheduled to begin.

Assange politely turns down Cumberbatch’s offer to meet up as he did not want come across as supporting a film he believes will mislead the public given the fact that Dreamworks chose the most toxic books possible to adapt the screenplay.

Here’ the letter in full: [Click on the image for full size]

letter assange

You can also read the WikiLeaks memo wich points out the main inaccuracies in the film here.

The Fifth Estate is in UK cinemas now and hits the US this Friday. We’ll leave you with a trailer for the film.

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