Assange (Valentin Flauraud / Reuters)


“By meeting with you, I would validate this wretched film, and endorse the talented, but debauched, performance that the script will force you to give.”


— Julian Assange in a letter to Benedict Cumberbatch, chiding the actor for playing him in the forthcoming “The Fifth Estate.” The WikiLeaks founder turned to the open letter, our era’s leading artistic outlet for high-grade passive-aggression (see also Miley v. Sinead) in order to spread his disregard for the film, via needling preambles like, “I think I would enjoy meeting you” and “I believe you are well-intentioned, but. . .” and “in the end, you are a jobbing actor who gets paid to follow the script, no matter how debauched.” Meow!

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