London: The news-leaking website WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange has reportedly slammed the script of the thriller film `The Fifth Estate`, after declaring it as `fiction masquerading as fact`.
The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon, starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the site`s editor-in-chief and founder Julian Assange, narrates the history of the site since its inception.
According to metro.co.uk, WikiLeaks in the memo attached to the copy of the script has declared that most of the events depicted never happened, or the people shown were not involved in them.
The memo continues to read that the script has real names, real places, and looks like it is covering real events, but it is still a dramatic and cinematic work, and it invents or shapes the facts to fit its narrative goals.
Cumberbatch has earlier said that he had received a 10-page email from Assange asking him not to do the film.
Describing the email, Cumberbatch said that it was a very considered, thorough, charming and intelligent account of why Assange thought this was morally wrong for me to be part of something he thought was going to be damaging in real terms, not just to perceptions but to the reality of the outcome for himself, the report added.