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The Fifth Estate (2013)

aka The Fifth Estate

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 124 mins · English


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The story opens in 2010 before flashing back to journalist Daniel Domscheit-Berg meeting Julian Assange for the first time in 2007. Daniel's interest in online activism has led him to Assange, with whom he has corresponded by email. They begin working together on WikiLeaks, a website devoted to releasing information being withheld from the public while retaining anonymity for its sources. Julian and Daniel's first major target is Julius Baer, whose Cayman Islands branch has been engaged in illegal activities. Despite Baer's filing of a lawsuit and obtaining an injunction, the judge dissolves the injunction, allowing Julian and Daniel to reclaim the domain name. As their confidence increases, the two push forward in publishing information over the next three years, exposing secrets on Scientology and revealing Sarah Palin's Yahoo account and leaking the membership list of the British National Party.

Interspersed throughout the film are flashbacks hinting at Assange's troubled childhood and involvement in a suspicious cult. Daniel suspects that Julian was left scarred by his upbringing, signs of which involve the continued dying of his hair.

As the film ends, it is revealed WikiLeaks is continuing to leak information, Daniel has written a book on his involvement with the organization, and that Assange has threatened to sue in retaliation. Julian himself is shown to be holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, stemming from an outstanding warrant on sexual allegations. In an interview, he denounces the development of two upcoming WikiLeaks films as being untrue (having been partly based on Daniel's book) and informs the viewer that individuals are what the government is afraid of.

Release Dates:

theatrical : 2013-10-18 : India

Theatrical : 2013-10-11 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2013-10-18 : United States of America

2013-09-05 : Canada