When Julian Assange began to leak damaging governmental information online through WikiLeaks, he was praised as a hero by many for finally showing the truth about unethical military operations such as the famous 'collateral murder' video showing an AH-64 Apache taking aim at some unarmed Iraqi journalists. One supporter, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, became good friends with Julian and eventually worked with him in his truth and justice exploits. However, when hundreds of names of government informers were under threat of being leaked, the pair were at a conflict as Daniel understood that many people's lives were at risk if the information got out while Julian remained determined to enlighten the public.
'The Fifth Estate' follows the beginning and end of a turbulent relationship between Assange and Domscheit-Berg at the height of WikiLeaks' fame. Based on the books 'Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website' by Daniel Domscheit-Berg himself and 'WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy' by Luke Harding and David Leigh, the movie adaptation has been directed by the Oscar winning Bill Condon ('The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn', 'Gods and Monsters', 'Dreamgirls') and written by Josh Singer ('The West Wing', 'Fringe'). It is due to premiere in the UK on January 1st 2014.