Wikileaks‘s main man, Julian Assange has explained in a long rambling letter why he did not allow a meeting with Benedict Cumberbatch, before the filming on the new The Fifth Estate flick.
The letter, written to Cumberbatch, found its way to the Guardian. In it Assange said that while he would enjoy meeting Cumberbatch, he did not think that Fifth Estate would be a good film.
Basically he was concerned that it would be a film which did not show him a positive light because it was based on “a deceitful book” by someone who has a vendetta against him.
There were dozens of positive books about WikiLeaks, but Dreamworks decided to base its script on a book which was so toxic it was distributed to US bases to discourage military personnel from communicating with Wikileaks, Assange wrote.
Assange said that the film was going to “bury good people doing good work” and “smother the truthful version of events, at a time when the truth is most in demand”.
“I believe that you are a decent person, who would not naturally wish to harm good people in dire situations,” Assange told Cumberbatch. “But you will be used, as a hired gun, to assume the appearance of the truth in order to assassinate it.”
He urged him to pull out of the project and to “consider the consequences” of being involved in project that vilifies and marginalises “a living political refugee to the benefit of an entrenched, corrupt and dangerous state”.
According to those in the know, Cumberbatch managed to do a really good impersonation of Assange in the movie.