ARTS & CULTURE -- October 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM ET
Wikileaks' Assange pens harsh letter about biopic 'The Fifth Estate'
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Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has railed against an upcoming film about his organization in a letter to Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor portraying him in it.
Cumberbatch reached out to Assange before filming began but Assange refused.
In this reply, Assange slammed "The Fifth Estate," while characterizing the actor as "a decent person."
"You will be used, as a hired gun, to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it. To present me as someone morally compromised and to place me in a falsified history. To create a work, not of fiction, but of debased truth."
Britain's Guardian newspaper printed the entire text of the letter ahead of the film's scheduled release on Oct. 18.
In 2010 Assange and his organization burst into public consciousness by releasing 250,000 classified State Department cables and U.S. military material to the public via the Wikileaks website. A short time later he was wanted for questioning in Sweden for allegedly sexually assaulting two women there. He has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than a year in an effort to avoid extradition to Sweden over those potential charges.
A documentary about Assange and his organization, "We Steal Secrets," was released in July.