In an age of leaking top-secret government documents that endanger the lives of millions under the bogus guise of the public’s right to know, we get The Fifth Estate, a disappointing and incomprehensible biopic about Australian cyberpunk Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, the controversial website dedicated to posting more than three-quarters of a million classified government and corporate documents about the Afghanistan war.
Well, here’s something for the rest of us to do until the next season of Sherlock airs: watching the trailer where Benedict Cumberbatch (aka “The kind of thing the police ask you to say when you’re drunk“) plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, a role that we assume was a struggle for Mr. Cumberbatch to perform, as it involves changing his British accent to Australian and dying his hair another unnatural color. (Sorry ladies, he’s a ginger.)
But the larger question is: Are we ready for a Wikileaks movie yet?
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- Lady Gaga had dinner last night with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Now there is a couple that makes some sort of sense in this crazy, mixed-up world.
- The New Yorker Festival this weekend brought out Lena Dunham, if that was any sort of surprise.
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Poor Julian Assange … even his bowel movements are being censored.
The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum in Ecuador today, after two months holed up in the the country’s British embassy, where he was avoiding the long arm of Sweden’s justice system. (Britain, understandably, is not happy about this.)
Despite the good news for Mr. Assange, a tweet from the official WikiLeaks account took offense at The New York Times’s coverage of the story, which, it claims, “alleges that Mr. Assange neglected to flush a tiolet” [sic] even once the whole time he was in the embassy.
“We’re not joking.”
They’re not? Because search as we might, we couldn’t find a single reference to toilets in the entire NYT piece from last night, or in any of its follow-up articles. We were about to chalk it up to a misread (after all … “tiolet”) on WikiLeaks’ part, until a Google News search revealed that the original article did mention Toilet-gate:
Patch Adams, MD, the clown doctor portrayed by Robin Williams in the eponymous 1998 film, has joined several dozen prominent figures of the American Left in asking Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum.
“The ‘crime’ that he has committed is that of practicing journalism,” states the letter, delivered to the Embassy of Ecuador in London yesterday by American advocacy group Just Foreign Policy.
Head Wikileaker and house arrestee Julian Assange has been pondering a run for the Australian Senate. Before you even quirk an eyebrow at the prospect of a “Senator Assange,” note that a recent survey by Australian Labor Party pollsters indicates Mr. Assange could garner nearly 25% of the vote. Agence France-Presse reports members of “the left-wing Greens party were most likely to be pro-Assange, with 39 percent saying they would vote for him.”
Anthony LaPaglia, once the star of TV’s Without a Trace, is to star in an Australian TV movie called Underground, about Julian Assange. This ripped-from-the-headlines tale features Mr. LaPaglia as a detective attempting to thwart a young hacker, Rachel Griffiths as that hacker’s mother, and one Alex Williams as the hacker himself–one Julian Read More
Wikileaks will hold a press conference Monday at 12 p.m. in London to discuss its “Global Intelligence File.” The “File,” which the whistle-blowing site claims comprises over 5 million Anonymous-hacked emails from Texas-based Stratfor, contains a great deal of what appears to be highly sensitive information regarding Stratfor’s sources, how they pay sources and their operating techniques in general. One document circulated among Stratfor staff in 2007 may be of particular interest to the company’s customers, as its plain-spoken language appears to reflect an internal attitude toward Stratfor clientele as well as several federal agencies that was obviously never intended for public consumption. It also implies (perhaps jokingly) that Stratfor was willing to do extralegal work to covertly gather information.
On a conference call yesterday, Al Jean, executive producer of The Simpsons, spoke about Julian Assange’s cameo on the upcoming 500th episode. “Obviously, he’s a controversial figure and that was discussed before we agreed to let him do it,” said Mr. Jean. (The Simpsons‘ corporate cousins at Fox News have aired a call Read More
Last week, Michael Bloomberg attended a press conference for the 100th episode of Gossip Girl. “I just don’t see how Blair could marry Prince Louis when she’s clearly in love with Chuck,” said the New York mayor, who apparently had nothing bigger on his plate to worry at that moment, such as the allegations of rape made against Greg Kelly, the son of his police Commissioner Ray Kelly, or the NYPD head’s own cameo in an anti-Muslim training video for NYPD recruits.
“I just wish that Nate and Vanessa had been able to work things out … but, again, I’m just a casual fan,” he added.