Un­der­ground: The Ju­lian As­sange Story

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.30pm, Univer­sal Per­haps there’s been one too many sto­ries about the Wik­iLeaks boy, still stuck in the Ecuado­rian em­bassy in Lon­don, but this 105-minute telepic is based on the 1997 book by Suelette Drey­fus. It stars Rachel Grif­fiths as As­sange’s mother Chris­tine, An­thony LaPaglia as De­tec­tive Ken Roberts and the lesser known Alex Wil­liams as As­sange. It ex­plores the early ca­reer of the world’s most fa­mous hacker, go­ing back to when he was hon­ing his skills by break­ing into the com­puter files of such or­gan­i­sa­tions as the Pen­tagon and NASA. The film, pro­duced by Net­work Ten and first aired on it last year, was made with­out as­sis­tance from As­sange, his fam­ily or mem­bers of Wik­iLeaks, al­though As­sange ap­par­ently liked it.

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