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The Fifth Estate Movie Quotes

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"The Fifth Estate" movie quotes tell the real life story of Wikileaks and founder Julian Assange's rise to prominence. The thriller was directed by Bill Condon using a screenplay by Josh Singer, adapted from the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World's Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding. The controversial film about an equally controversial topic first premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival before its release on October 18, 2013.

In "The Fifth Estate," the story of the creation of Wikileaks, the news-leaking website known for its release of classified government documents and information, is detailed. Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and is joined by Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman for the controversial non-profit organization.

Together, Assange and Domscheit-Berg embark on the world-changing journey of sharing information that governments don't want people to know and face a whole lot of backlash in the process. Through the release of secret cables and the help of journalist Nick Davies (David Thewlis), Wikileaks implores people to seek out the real truth and prompts various governments to try to put a stop to this revolution. Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Peter Capaldi and Anthony Mackie co-star in the film, which the real life Julian Assange himself calls a "serious propaganda attack on WikiLeaks and the integrity of its staff."

"The Fifth Element" opens in theaters already buzzing about other films such as "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Machete Kills," "Runner Runner," "Don Jon," "Rush, "Prisoners,", "Enough Said," "The Family," "Riddick," "The World's End," "Getaway," "Drinking Buddies," "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "Paranoia," "Kick-Ass 2," "We're the Millers, and "Elysium".
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    Seek It Out for Yourself

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    Julian Assange: "If you want the truth you should seek it out for yourself. That's what they're afraid of, you."

    Speaking on live television, Julian Assange implores the public to ask for the truth, seek it out on their own. He urges them to challenge what the government wants them to know in search of the real truth.
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    If You Give Him a Mask, He Will Tell the Truth

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    Julian Assange: "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person but if you give him a mask, he will tell you the truth. Two people and a secret, the beginning of all conspiracy. More people and more secrets. But if we could find one moral man, one whistleblower, someone to expose those secrets, that man could topple the most powerful and the most repressive of regimes."

    Speaking to the Chaos Computer Club Annual Congress, Julian Assange explains his thinking in creating Wikileaks. He remarks that behind his mask, he has the courage and the power to tell the truth, which could topple even the biggest governments around the world.
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    Just a Little Website

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    Sarah Shaw: "12 million people have seen that video. You still want to tell me you think it's just a little website?"

    Sarah Shaw has been warning the US Government about Wikileaks but so far they've bushed it off as a little website. After the "little website" gets 12 million hits on a single video, she asks them again if they want to take Wikileaks seriously.
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    Let's Not Attract Attention

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    Nick Davies: "So what's this new leak you're sitting on? It must be big if it's peaked the interest of the CIA."
    Julian Assange: "So you do believe me."
    Nick Davies: "No, no, no, I didn't until I noticed your friends. Let's not attract attention. The American spooks are relatively civilized. It's the Russians you should be keeping an eye on. Room 376. When Miss Lang returns, bring her up there. They'll assume you're in for the night and that will give us plenty of time to find a way to slip you out of the hotel and for you to show me what it is that's got their knickers in such a twist. Anyway, good night."
    Julian Assange: "Good night, good night"

    Journalist Nick Davies meets with Julian Assange in a hotel bar but they are not alone with US and Russian "spooks" watching their every move. Assange has some juicy information, which Davies wants, and together they plot a way to escape and share notes.
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