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Fallen hero: Julian Assange in ‘We Steal Secrets’

Film review: We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (15)

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch

I want Benedict Cumberbatch for Frankenstein, says Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro

The Sherlock star previously played Dr Frankenstein in Danny Boyle's theatre adaptation of the story

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Snowden's case shows it's not easy to gain refugee status

If you read the tabloids you might think the UK is full of asylum seekers lazing about in Hampstead council mansions

British firm was behind bugging of London embassy, says Ecuadorean Foreign Minister

A British surveillance firm was behind the bugging of the London embassy building, in which WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is sheltering, the Ecuadorean Foreign Minister has claimed.

Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA bugging have caused a row between the US and Germany

We never hand anyone over, says Vladimir Putin as Edward Snowden asks for asylum

The whistleblower behind a series of leaks that revealed the United States was spying on its allies has applied for political asylum in Russia, it has emerged, as the French President François Hollande threatened to call off EU negotiations on a major trade deal unless the snooping stopped.

Julian Assange (left) and Edward Snowden

Exclusive: 'Incredible strain' in relations between Ecuador and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his involvement in Edward Snowden NSA whistleblower affair

WikiLeaks founder has been at nation's London embassy after claiming asylum more than a year ago

A TV screen shows a news report about Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

Edward Snowden's father says whistleblower may return to US if conditions are met

NSA whistleblower remains stranded at Moscow airport

A TV screen shows Edward Snowden appearing on the news, at a restaurant in Hong Kong

Venezuela offers Edward Snowden hope of asylum - but for now whistleblower is grounded at Moscow airport as Vladimir Putin refuses extradition

Former CIA employee remains stuck at Moscow airport with annulled US passport

The seat on the Moscow-Havana flight which Edward Snowden was booked to sit in

Flight SU150 from Moscow arrives in Cuba without Edward Snowden - but Ecuador confirms NSA whistleblower is seeking asylum

Julian Assange says Snowden is 'in a safe place and his spirits are high'

The seat on the Moscow-Havana flight which Edward Snowden was booked to sit in
Julian Assange is trying to help Edward Snowden claim asylum

Claim asylum like me! WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange aims to help whistleblower Edward Snowden

The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is trying to help intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden follow in his footsteps and claim asylum amid fears the latter will be extradited to America over his leaking of sensitive data.

Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's west London embassy for a year

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange 'will stay in Ecuador embassy even if Sweden sex charges dropped'

He fears moves are already under way to extradite him from London to US

Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's west London embassy for almost a year

Britain is 'softening' to my plight, claims Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on anniversary of Ecuador embassy stay

After a year in Ecuador’s embassy, WikiLeaks founder hoping for deal on extradition to Sweden

Assange is collaborating with the hip-hop band Calle 13

Julian Assange: From free speech guru to rapper

The WikiLeaks founder joins the ranks of the unlikely recording stars

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