Report: State Dept. workers not barred from watching WikiLeaks movie

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The State Department has been at odds with the organization since it began releasing hundreds of thousands of classified diplomatic cables in 2010.

The motion picture, which is based on books about the rise of the organization and stars British actor Benedict Cumberbatch as co-founder Julian Assange, opened nationwide on Friday.

"The department hasn't issued any sort of guidance on the movie, so there would be no prohibition against the movie," Foreign Policy quoted a State Department official as saying. “Employees would be free to watch whatever movie they're interested in."

Assange himself has criticized the film. In a letter to Cumberbatch earlier this month, he said that the movie intends to depict him “in a negative light” and “will distort events and subtract from public understanding.”