WikiLeaks has lashed out at forthcoming a US-made documentary on founder Julian Assange. The whistleblowing group decried the film for its alleged inaccuracies, chiefly implications that Assange conspired with Bradley Manning to commit espionage.
The anti-secrecy organization released an annotated copy of the film’s transcript that took no prisoners. Even the documentary’s name – ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks’ – was condemned by the group as misleading.
“It directly implies that WikiLeaks steals secrets. In fact, the statement is made by former CIA/NSA director Michael Hayden in relation to the activities of US government spies, not in relation to WikiLeaks,” the group wrote.
The film premiered in the US on Friday, and has been styled by director Alex Gibney as a David-and-Goliath story, with Assange as David. However, Gibney did not collaborate with Assange or WikiLeaks in the making of the documentary.
“Neither Julian Assange nor anyone associated with WikiLeaks over the past two-and-a-half years agreed to participate in the film,” WikiLeaks wrote.
The annotated copy of the script focuses on what WikiLeaks views as an erroneous portrayal of whistleblower Bradley Manning, who is currently facing trial and potential court martial for released classified documents to the group in 2010. WikiLeaks alleged that Gibney portrays Manning in the film to make it appear his “acts represent a failure of character, rather than a triumph of conscience.”