The WikiLeaks camp is not happy about the upcoming Dreamworks film The Fifth Estate, which documents Julian Assange’s work with WikiLeaks. In fact, WikiLeaks retaliated in a familiar way by leaking the film’s script on its website. In addition, the site posted a memo that harshly critiqued the film, which was directed by Bill Condon.
According to the memo, WikiLeaks found that the film is “irresponsible, counterproductive, and harmful.” This, WikiLeaks claimed, is because the film inaccurately suggested that the organization harmed 2,000 U.S. government informants.
“This film does not occur in a historical vacuum, but appears in the context of ongoing efforts to bring a criminal prosecution against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for exposing the activities of the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department,” WikiLeaks writes in its memo. “The film also occurs in the context of Pvt. Manning’s upcoming appeal and request for a presidential pardon.”
The memo also goes on to say that the events the film depicts did not actually occur and that it “invents or shapes the facts to fit its narrative goals.”
WikiLeaks Tweeted yesterday (via Entertainment Weekly): “As WikiLeaks was never consulted about the upcoming Hollywood film on us, we’ve given our advice for free: It’s bad.”
The film opens in theaters on Oct. 18.
Read the text of the script and the memo here.