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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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    Remember Why I Created It

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    Julian Assange: "14 pages in The Guardian, 12 in the New York Times, this is more coverage than all the leaks we have had combined. We are winning an information war which goes beyond any short-term alliance we have with the mainstream media. You want to throw it all away because you fear that some US Government informant might come to harm?"
    Daniel Domscheit-Berg: "These are human beings, Julian, and their lives are at stake!"
    Julian Assange: "What about the lives of the soldiers and the civilians involved in these conflicts? Death squads, unreported civilian casualties, countless incidents of friendly fire, this is information the world needs to know. So the next time you find yourself lecturing me about this organization, please try to remember why I created it and why I hired you to help me."

    When then-Wikileaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg questions Julian Assange's choice to release cables that put lives in risk, Assange goes off on his employee. Assange reminds Domscheit-Berg that by not sharing this information, others, perhaps more, will be in much worse danger.
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    A New Information Revolution

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    Nick Davies: "There was a time when papers couldn't report on government debates then a few very brave men starting printing pamphlets leaking these debates. When the public saw these pamphlets and demanded access, the modern fourth estate was born. And now we find ourselves in the same position, a new information revolution, infinitely more powerful than the last, a fifth state. Now anyone in the world can publish the truth. Tyrants of this world should beware."

    Journalist Nick Davies explains a brief history of journalistic evolution. He compares the birth of restricted political pamphlets to the birth of the information sharing age, noting that Wikileaks has changed the journalistic game once again.
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    Truth, Justice, the American Way

    Sam Coulson: "They have an agenda?"
    Sarah Shaw: "Truth, justice, the American way"

    Sarah Shaw and Sam Coulson talk strategy for dealing with Wikileaks and Julian Assange. As she notes, the fact that Wikileaks represents truth, justice and the American way makes stopping these leaks a hard sell to the American public.
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    Going to Nail Those Bastards

    Daniel Domscheit-Berg: "Swiss bankers hiding millions in off-shore accounts"
    Julian Assange: "We're going to nail those bastards."

    …Television Reporter: "Former head of Iceland's biggest bank has been accused of fraud."
    Daniel Domscheit-Berg: "We took down a billion-dollar bank! This is crazy!"

    In one of their first big wins, Wikileaks successfully outs the head of Iceland's biggest bank for hiding millions in off-shore accounts. This victory gives them the confidence that they can continue their success elsewhere.
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