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.
US embassies all around the world faced protestors and demonstrators this past weekend and the embassy in London was no exception.
On Sunday, September 16 at 2:30pm around 350 demonstrators showed up in Grosvenor Square right in front of the US Embassy in London to condemn the recent film that insulted the Prophet Mohammed. This protest, which was organized by Hizb ut-Tahrir and sanctioned by British police, remained peaceful and there were no arrests, unlike the demonstration two days prior in the same location. Several speakers took the microphone giving speeches and inciting chants telling America to get out of Muslim lands.