Oliver Stone arrives to defend Julian Assange and attack upcoming Wikileak movies
Oliver Stone is well-known as a filmmaker who doesn't mind speaking his mind. Now, the director of Wall Street and Platoon has spoken out against two upcoming films concerning Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.
Stone, who is a long-time supporter of Assange, recently tweeted a photo of himself with the internet activist. He included a caption which read:
A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline.
Assange is currently living in London's Ecuadorian embassy after being offered political asylum in August. Assange, who leaked a controversial video of American troops killing journalists in Iraq, is staying in the embassy due to fears he would be extradited to the US via Sweden.
In further tweets, Stone attacked two upcoming films regarding Assange. He tweeted:
Strong mind, no sun,friends who visit, work to be done,one documentary coming out from Alex Gibney that is not expected to b kind #Wikileaks— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) April 10, 2013
Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly...#Wikileaks— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) April 10, 2013
The films referred to by Stone are Alex Gibney's upcoming documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, and Bill Condon's drama The Fifth Estate. Although neither movie has seen a widespread release yet, both are not expected to be particularly flattering to the controversial figure.
Assange himself as also spoken out against The Fifth Estate, which is based on a former aides book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website. In January he described the film, which will star Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange, as "a massive propaganda attack" that told "lie upon lie".
Stone concluded by tweeting further support for Assange:
I don't think most people in the US realize how important Wikileaks is and why Julian's case needs support. @wikileaks— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) April 10, 2013
Julian Assange did much for free speech and is now being victimized by the abusers of that concept. @wikileaks— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) April 10, 2013
Will you be seeing either of the Wikileaks movies, or will you be taking Stone's advice and giving them a miss? Let me know below.