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Julian Assange slams Benedict Cumberbatch WikiLeaks movie Fifth Estate

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Julian Assange has launched a scathing attack on The Fifth Estate, the Benedict Cumberbatch-led film about the founding of his whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

Speaking to Oxford University students via a video linked from his asylum at London's Ecuadorian embassy, Assange dubbed the movie a "massive propaganda attack" and questioned the accuracy of West Wing writer Josh Singer's script.

Julian Assange

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Benedict Cumberbatch arriving at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2013 in Los Angeles

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Assange referenced specific scenes from the script, notably an early sequence inside an Iranian military compound that clearly displays nuclear symbols, reports The Guardian.

"How does this have anything to do with us? It is a lie upon lie," he said. "The movie is a massive propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the character of my staff."

Assange added that The Fifth Estate was "fanning the flames" of war and contained "a lie" about meetings between US agents and scientists.

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) portrays Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl portrays Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the DreamWorks Pictures' drama "The Fifth Estate".

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The Fifth Estate, directed by Twilight: Breaking Dawn helmer Bill Condon, released its first picture earlier this week.

The still shows a blonde-haired Cumberbatch as Assange standing alongside business associate Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl).

Laura Linney, InStyle after party
Domscheit-Berg's book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, by David Leigh and Luke Harding, form the basis of The Fifth Estate.

Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten feature in the supporting cast of the drama.

The Fifth Estate is due in US cinemas on November 15, while a UK release date has yet to be announced.

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