Julian Assange - Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder speaks from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London were he has lived since seeking asylum there after a European arrest warrant was issued against him in 2012. at Ecuadorian Embassy, Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge - London, United Kingdom - Friday 5th February 2016
View , Laika the dog - Russia Today take to interviewing 'Laika' the dog as the worlds press gather outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in the hope that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will make an appearance after a UN panel announce that he has suffered a 'deprivation of liberty' since seeking asylum in 2012. at Ecuadorian Embassy, Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge - London, United Kingdom - Friday 5th February 2016
View - Unwatched DVDs sit in the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange sought asylum in 2012. A small number of police officers stand guard outside the embassy. at Ecuadorian Embassy, Knightsbridge - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th August 2015
Julian Assange - Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder addresses a crowd from the Ecuadorian Embassy to mark six months since he arrived at the Embassy seeking political asylum. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th December 2012
In a packed week of news, Miley Cyrus returned for her second stint on Saturday Night Live and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity dominated the U.S. box office with a cool $50 million.
Miley's Homecoming: Miley Cyrus made her triumphant return to Saturday Night Live on Sunday and, hey, what do you know, the reviews were actually pretty good. She clearly had plenty of material to work with, though it seems like the Wrecking Ball star did a pretty good job. Check out the reaction here.
Gravity's Pull: Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi thriller Gravity exceeded expectations at the box office during its opening weekend, pulling in a massive $50 million despite modest promotion. Of course, it was the unanimously positive reviews that drove movie fans to the theaters, leaving Gravity as a very credible Oscar contender indeed. Read our roundup here.
The Sherlock star had something to say... or write.
He’s had enough, but instead of threatening to beat them up, like certain stars do (ahem, Justin Bieber and Kanye West), Benedict Cumberbatch sent out his own style of message to the photographers desperately trying to get a snap of the Sherlock star.
Cumberbatch's Assange in The Fifth Estate
"Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important," he said via a piece of paper covering his face. It didn’t stop there, the star had a flurry of politically fuelled messages. Not a bad way to get your point across, considering the photographers are there specifically to take your photo.
Continue reading: "Go Photograph Egypt" - Benedict Cumberbatch To The Paps
Assange has expressed issues with both films
Cinematic adaptations of the WikiLeaks story were only a matter of time, but for those deeply intrigued by the events that surrounded the website and its whistleblowing founder, to have two in close proximity gives a great opportunity to gain insight. Julian Assange, as you’d imagine, has taken issue with both.
A still from The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon
The Fifth Estate is a dramatized version of events, documenting the tumultuous journey of not only the website, but the relationship between Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg – the man whose book the film is based on. We Steal Secrets is a fact-based documentary, directed by the notorious film maler Alex Gibeny, whose previous work includes Enron, the hard-hitting movie that took white collar criminals to task.
The controversial website has a controversial movie to match.
The Fifth Estate – the WikiLeaks movie already denounced by Julian Assange himself – has its first trailer, in which we see Benedict Cumberbatch star as the founder of the controversial website. The film "traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks," say the film's studio, DreamWorks, and is out on October 11th in the U.K.
The Fifth Estate tells the story of WikiLeak's historic rise
The film doesn’t just chart the astounding journey taken by Assange and his website, but also the enigmatic Australian’s relationship with Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The pair were friends and colleagues in a doomed union that saw the website’s influence drive a wedge between them. It’s as much a personal story as it is a WikiLeaks story.
With a subject matter that oddly feels both timely and out-of-date, this documentary is packed with telling details about WikiLeaks, Although it gets muddy as it delves into the lives of founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Bradley Manning. Prolific Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney (see Taxi to the Dark Side or Maxima Mea Culpa) deploys his usual skill to assemble a lucid, entertaining film, but the dirt-digging approach leaves us with more questions than answers.
The roots of WikiLeaks go back to the pre-internet days in 1989, when Melbourne student Assange participated with a group of hackers to break into Nasa's space shuttle launch system with a message from Australian band Midnight Oil: "You talk of times of peace for all, and then prepare for war". Nearly 20 years later he established WikiLeaks in the response the growing mountain of secrets being held by Western governments following 9/11. The idea is simple: WikiLeaks allows people to post images and documents anonymously in a way that can never be taken down. And it's essentially run by one man with a battered laptop and lots of friends.
The film features a wide array of interviews with people who have worked with Assange or know his work, plus extensive footage of the man himself. The most telling description of him is as a "humanitarian anarchist" who speaks out against what he sees as "not democracy but encroaching privatised censorship". And the main focus here is on his interaction with Manning, a military computer nerd who was picked on for being gay, stuck in an isolated Iraqi base and shocked by evidence he discovered about the American military's illegal, unethical and immoral activities.
Continue reading: We Steal Secrets: The Story Of WikiLeaks Review
Alex Gibney's critically acclaimed documentary hits theaters on a limited run.
Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) has returned with no-holds-bared look at WikiLeaks, the whistleblowing website run by enigmatic Australian internet activist Julian Assange. The site's mandate involved publishing top-secret documents and covert information, sending security services into wild panic and making Assange a rock-star of 21st century media.
Assange nor WikiLeaks have been involved with the movie, which directs most of its focus on Bradley Manning, the US Army intelligence analyst who admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of secret military logs to WikiLeaks and who faces possible life imprisonment in a military trial. Late on Thursday (May 23, 2013) - ahead of the movie's limited release in theater - WikiLeaks said We Steal Secrets "portrays Manning's alleged acts as a failure of character rather than a triumph of conscience," and said the film's portrayal of his relationship with Assange was "grossly irresponsible".
Oliver Stone has thrown support behind Julian Assange's cause.
Never far from controversy, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone has conveniently attacked two forthcoming movies about Julian Assange after meeting the Wikileaks founder at the Ecudorian embassy in London last week. Stone tweeted a picture of himself with the political activist during the visit, saying, "A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline."
Assange has publically slammed two forthcoming movies set to be released about Wikileaks - Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets and Bill Condon's drama The Fifth Estate - and Stone tweeted of his dismay at the movies also. "Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit, work to be done, one documentary coming out from Alex Gibney that is not expected to be kind. Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly . I don't think most people in the US realise how important Wikileaks is and why Julian's case needs support." It's difficult to believe both movies will be biting hatchet jobs of Assange's character and Wikileaks. Gibney is an Oscar-winning documentarian, while the second is a big-budget Hollywood movie from the director of Twilight. Besides, for all its benefits, Wikileaks and Assange in particular have moral questions to answer. He is also wanted for alleged sexual offenses in Sweden. "Julian Assange did much for free speech and is now being victimised by the abusers of that concept," added Stone.
The Fifth Estate stars Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange, alongside a pretty impressive supporting cast that includes Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Peter Capaldi. It is due for release in the US in November - Oscar bait, in other words. Alex Gibney's documents debuted at Sundance in January and hits theaters in the U.S on May 24, 2013.
Continue reading: Oliver Stone Meets Julian Assange, Then Attacks Wikileaks Movies
'We Steal Secrets' has received strong reviews for its exhaustively rehearsed look at the rise of Wikileaks and Julian Assange.
Directed by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks' tells the story of the real intentions of the whistleblowing website and the various moral issues surrounding it. However, it focuses on the rock-star rise to fame of its founder, Julian Assange, who was hailed as a revolutionary before holing up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London over fears he would be extradited to the US to face charges of the release of classified American diplomatic cables.
Described as a no holds barred look at the rise of Wikileaks, 'We Steal Secrets' not only gets inside the inner mind of the Assange and his website, it penetrates a complex network of activity which, on one hand, may be guided by courage and idealism, though is also guilty of hypocrisy. In the new trailer, we see Assange getting shirty with an intrepid journalist, and pruning over his front-page spread in The Guardian newspaper.
This tell-all documentary about the inception of top secret information leaking site Wikileaks.org and its subsequent release of damaging government files ties together all the events from the last few years, from the arrest of Army Intelligence Officer Bradley Manning after he leaked the famous 'Collateral Murder' video where two Iraqi journalists were killed by US military forces, to founder Julian Assange's arrest over an alleged sexual assault on two Swedish women; an incident widely believed by many Wikileaks supporters to have been a 'honey trap' in order to have Assange arrested once and for all for his involvement in the leaking of government files. While Assange remains in London's Ecuadorian Embassy under diplomatic asylum, this harrowing documentary is released to question just how much right the public have to access secret information and just where the lack of privacy in this sense will end.
It looks as though producers working on the forthcoming WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate have well and truly nailed the casting process. Based on the book by Guardian writers David Leigh and Luke Harding, the movie is now officially in production, and the first on-set photograph shows Benedict Cumberbatch in full garb as the whistleblowing anti-hero Julian Assange. The Sherlock stars looks pretty impressive with dyed white-blond hair and the Swede's signature green parka.
Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl also looks the part as Assange's confidant Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The movie, written by The West Wing's Josh Singer, began principal photography at an undisclosed location this week. It focuses on the early dates of the non-profit site that became notorious for leaking secret information and military news leaks. In November 2010, Assange and WikiLeaks collaborated with major global media organisations to release U.S. State department "cables." The movie is said to focus on the website's early days, and - according to the Guardian - is tipped as a "celluloid document of Assange's meteoric rise into the public consciousness."
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With a subject matter that oddly feels both timely and out-of-date, this documentary is packed...
This tell-all documentary about the inception of top secret information leaking site Wikileaks.org and its...