Spielberg buys rights to WikiLeaks book

Deutsche Presse-AgenturMarch 2, 2011 

LONDON — Hollywood film mogul Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to the story of the WikiLeaks saga, the Guardian reported Wednesday.

The Guardian was one of the five original media outlets used by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to publicize the tranche of thousands of classified U.S. documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and diplomatic cables.

A book based on the story of the covert leaks, and controversial figurehead Assange, has been published by The Guardian, and the rights to the book have now been purchased by Spielberg, the paper reported.

The likely future movie of the book will be made by DreamWorks, the studio founded by Spielberg and others in 1994.

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