Anorak | Julian Assange nearly makes Benedict Cumberbatch quit film, says leaked email

Julian Assange nearly makes Benedict Cumberbatch quit film, says leaked email

by | 10th, October 2013


NOT a man known for attracting attention to himself, Julian Assange apparently refused to meet Benedict Cumberbatch while he was preparing to play the WikiLeaks founder for a film… and amusingly, it is a leaked email that has revealed this news.

In the letter, sent in January, Assange described Cumberbatch’s film, The Fifth Estat e, as toxic and distorted “, adding that the actor should “reconsider your involvement in this enterprise”.

The whistle-blower has been living in the spare bedroom at the Ecuadorean embassy in London after claiming asylum a year ago to avoid extradition to Sweden.

“By meeting with you I would validate this wretched film,” he wrote. “I cannot permit this film any claim to authenticity or truthfulness. In its current form it has neither, and doing so would only further aid the campaign against me.”

“Thus far, the film has received mixed reviews from critics, and Assange did praise Cumberbatch and liked how the two would forever be correlated in the public imagination. I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film,” said Assange. “It is based on a deceitful book by someone who has a vendetta against me and my organisation.”


The book in question is a

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