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‘The Fifth Estate’ never gets beneath surface of WikiLeaks founder Assange

Dan Stevens, left, portrays journalist Ian Katz and Benedict Cumberbatch stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate.”
Dan Stevens, left, portrays journalist Ian Katz and Benedict Cumberbatch stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in “The Fifth Estate.”
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As the world doesn’t seem to have quite made up its mind about Julian Assange, it seems fitting that the new film about him and the rise of WikiLeaks has an ambivalence about it as well. “The Fifth Estate” takes us inside hackers’ milieu, the personalities and news stories that blew up thanks to WikiLeaks. It visits the very real consequences of Assange’s actions. But it never gets inside the man, what drives him, what ...


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