The Fifth Estate is now in theaters and millions of movie-goers will see a dramatic and thrilling portrayal of a story that is very much still being written. They will see the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
Quick Background: Julian Assange is the creator of WikiLeaks, a website that has leaked countless classified materials exposing secrets of governments around the world, most notably the United States of America. Assange, a citizen of Australia, has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, UK, since June 19, 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning in a sexual assault case.
When I studied in London last fall, I had the opportunity to document the standoff between Assange and police. I took photos outside the embassy and at protests, I interviewed police and supporters, and I put it all together into an interactive presentation for a final project for my photojournalism class. I’m hoping these images will give you a glimpse of the real life situation behind the film.
On December 21, the night before I flew back to the United States, Julian Assange made his second live appearance to his supporters and the press from the balcony of the embassy.