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WikiLeaks movie script leaked to... Julian Assange


Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gestures as he addresses members of the media and supporters from the window of the Ecuadorian embassy in Knightsbridge, west London on Dec. 20, 2012.


Leon Neal

Filming has just begun on "The Fifth Estate," a movie focused on the drama surrounding WikiLeaks and Julian Assange — and now, a displeased Assange says that he's managed to obtain a copy of the script.

Assange critiqued the film in a speech at the Oxford Union, wrote AP, the video of which is embedded below.

"It is a mass propaganda attack against WikiLeaks, the organization (and) the character of my staff," said Assange to an audience of largely youthful onlookers.

"It is not just an attack against us, it is an attack against Iran. It fans the flames of an attack against Iran," Assange added, claiming that it contributed to Western fears of an Iranian nuclear program, which he said were being "ramped up" by the Western media.

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Assange called the war in Iraq, which began in 2003, the "worst modern deception of the Western world" in the speech.

He did not elaborate on how he had managed to acquire a copy of the script in his spech.

Here's what the WikiLeaks official Twitter feed had to say about the film project:

The Los Angeles Times writes that Dreamworks has refused to comment on Assange's speech regarding the film.

WikiLeaks has also criticized via Twitter a new documentary about their efforts, entitled "We Steal Secrets: The WikiLeaks Story," which recently screened at the Sundance Film Festival. The group called the documentary title "unethical and biased."

Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in June of last year, in an efffort to avoid extradition to Sweden over sexual assualt charges.