Oliver Stone slates forthcoming WikiLeaks films

Oliver Stone has visited Julian Assange in London, and used the opportunity to take a few pot-shots at the forthcoming films about his whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The director met with Assange at the Equadorian embassy, where Assange has been given asylum to avoid extradition both to Sweden to face sexual assault charges and potentially to the US to be prosecuted for the release of hundreds of thousands of diplmatic documents.

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Assange has been at the embassy since June 2012.

Tweeting about the visit, Stone said that the pair had had 'a hopeful talk'.

“A sad occasion in that Julian could not follow me out the door. He lives in a tiny room with great modesty and discipline,” he added.

Then Stone took on the films that are currently in the works on WikiLeaks, firstly the documentary from Alex Gibney, called 'We Steal Secrets'.

“Strong mind, no sun, friends who visit, work to be done, one documentary coming out from Alex Gibney that is not expected to b kind. Another film from Dreamworks which is also going to be unfriendly,” he added.

The second film is 'The Fifth Estate', which is being directed by Bill Condon and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Assange.

It is based on Assange's former spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg's book 'Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website'.

Assange himself has called the film 'a lie upon lie', 'a propaganda attack' and accused it of 'fanning the flames of war with Iran', but has, according to reports, struck up an email relationship with Cumberbatch.

“I don't think most people in the US realize how important Wikileaks is and why Julian's case needs support,” added Stone.

“Julian Assange did much for free speech and is now being victimized by the abusers of that concept.”

'The Fifth Estate' is due out in November in the US, and also stars Daniel Brühl as Domscheit-Berg, David Thewlis as journalist Nick Davies and Peter Capaldi as Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger.

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