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Absent Assange looms over debut of WikiLeaks drama


September 05. 2013 4:36PM
Associated Press



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(AP) WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, but he's very present at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Opening this year's festival on Thursday is the premiere of Bill Condon's dramatization of Assange and WikiLeaks, "The Fifth Estate" a film with which Assange refused to cooperate. It's the only movie at Toronto that has the distinction of being called "a massive propaganda attack" by its primary subject.


That was the opinion Assange dished out on the film in a video link in January in which he waved a supposed copy of the film's script.


But the film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Austrian activist, isn't the character assassination Assange feared, but rather a layered, complicated portrait as laudatory as it is critical.


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Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake_coyle


Associated Press


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