Assange slams Wikileaks film as 'geriatric snoozefest'
SYDNEY (AFP) - Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Thursday renewed his attack on a film about the whistleblowing website, calling it a "geriatric snoozefest" as he released a letter written to its star Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Australian hacker, who has been holed up at the Ecuadoran embassy in London after claiming asylum a year ago to avoid extradition to Sweden, has refused to meet the British actor.
Cumberbatch stars as Assange in director Bill Condon's thriller The Fifth Estate, which won a long ovation at its world premiere during the Toronto Film Festival last month and is due for release in the United States next week.
He requested a meeting to study his subject's manner, but Mr Assange refused as "such an interaction might appear to legitimise a film intending to mislead the public with numerous inaccuracies".