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Julian Assange lined up for film festival jury

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Sep 03, 2013 | 10:07am EDT

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is to judge several top independent movies as part of the jury for a London film festival. The on-the-run whistleblower will have DVDs of films vying for the awards at this year's (13) Radiance Film Festival delivered to him at Ecuador's embassy in London, where he is currently in hiding. Radiance founder Elliot Grove tells the BBC, "We choose our jurors because they are interesting people... I think five or 10 years from now, if you are studying anything to do with social media, the WikiLeaks story will be a test case of how to manage that... Julian, like many of the film makers and judges, will be unable to attend... Fortunately he has a residence not far from where we are sitting to which we will drop off the DVDs." Other judges at the festival, which takes place from 25 September to 06 October (13), include British actor Jason Flemyng, Portishead singer Beth Gibbons, and author Robert Rankin. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy after his appeal against extradition to Sweden for questioning on accusations of sex crimes was rejected. He is wanted in the U.S. for publishing thousands of top secret military documents on his website.

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