Julian Assange, the infamous head of WikiLeaks, has one more headache to deal with as he hides out in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the only place he can find asylum from governments who wish to prosecute him. Soon, a WikiLeaks movie will be in the works. The movie, titled The Fifth Estate and directed by Bill Condon, is described by Assange as a "massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff."
Maybe so, but should Assange expect anything else? After all, he is the one behind the most notorious classified documents leak in history. In June of 2010, Wikileaks released 91,000 documents about the war in Afghanistan, and then in July of the same year, 400,000 classified U.S. military documents were released chronicling the Iraq War.
This was the single biggest leak of classified information in U.S. military history, and it proved to be a major embarrassment for the U.S. government. Assange crossed a line when he did this, one that would prove to be his undoing.
Free speech is the most important ideal Americans hold to. It is something to be treasured and dearly protected. But Julian Assange breached all levels of national security. It is only natural that a film production company like DreamWorks would want to make a movie about his life and the dealings of WikiLeaks.
Not only does a WikiLeaks movie promise a firsthand account of classified document leakings, but also an array of other scandals that have befallen Assange. In November 2010, Assange was detained in Sweden as a result of allegations of rape and sexual molestation. And then weeks later, thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables were released. And this is only a fraction of the story.
But Assange wants people to believe that the upcoming WikiLeaks movie will be a bunch of half truths, strung together to make a movie. This is hardly the case, because what WikiLeaks treaded into is nothing short of espionage. In 2010, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton told Breitbart.com that "the threat that WikiLeaks poses to national security is without precedent and should be dealt with accordingly." And any movie made on the subject would have to delve into every avenue of the WikiLeaks scandal.
Assange himself has received an advance copy of the script. He told his internet audience that the film begins with Iranian officials working on building a nuclear bomb, and this will only be used to "fan the flames of war." He also said that his website had nothing to do with this. At this point, this is irrelevant, because with the thousands of other classified documents released, how would he know?
The film's director, Bill Condon, said, "It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information." No truer statement could be said about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. And there is no question that a movie based on this subject will be the talk of the film community.