Topics: Under Intense Pressure to Silence Wikileaks. - True Pundit
Assange says lots of things that make him look vain, spiteful and sexist – but that's hardly a revelation, says Charlotte O'Sullivan
It sounds so dramatic. Laura Poitras’s new documentary is about Julian Assange , the notorious WikiLeaks founder who has been confined in the Ecuadorian Embassy since June 2012. After watching the film, Assange told Poitras that it poses “a severe threat” to his freedom.
Poitras’s previous movie, Oscar-winner Citizenfour, was a thrilling and accessible portrait of American whistleblower Edward Snowden. She and Snowden clearly liked and trusted each other. Poitras has known Assange for years (she began shooting Risk in 2010) but hints early in the proceedings that she and Assange are far from close. She says in a voiceover that she can’t understand why he’s giving her so much access — “because I don’t think he likes me”.