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Benedict Cumberbatch has no sympathy for whistleblower

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Sep 16, 2013 | 10:09am EDT

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has little sympathy for jailed WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, insisting the former soldier simply broke the law. Manning was jailed for 35 years in July (13) after admitting passing hundreds of top secret and classified military documents to Julian Assange's website. Cumberbatch takes the role of Assange in upcoming movie The Fifth Estate, and has stated he was keen to portray Assange fairly, but he is adamant Manning should not have broken his military oath of confidentiality. He tells British newspaper The Guardian, "He broke a law. He knew what he was doing. He did what he did out of a conviction that an alarm bell needed to be sounded. But his superiors might have been right to say to him, 'It's not your position to be worried about it within the hierarchy of the military organisation', which is why he had to be sentenced. He took an oath, and he broke that oath." Assange has been living in sanctuary at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since last year (12) as U.S. authorities seek to question him over the sensitive and controversial military secrets he exposed online.

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