As A Secret Meeting Between Paul Manafort and Julian Assange Is Alleged, New Web Series Satirizes Wikileaks Founder’s Life in Asylum
A new web series is poking fun at the life of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living in asylum at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012. The series is a biting political satire about the Australian, who famously published hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee in 2016 that showed the party leadership had worked to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. A recent report from The Guardian suggests Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, met with Julian Assange months before those emails were released.
The show, directed by Laurie Garner and produced by Christopher Mills, p.g.a., Michael Sokol, and Jimmy Gilmore, stars Alex Parkinson, the show’s creator, as Julian, a fierce egomaniac with designs on the presidency of his adopted country, and Maria Liatis as Cristina, an Ecuadorian diplomat charged with watching over the uninvited guest. It also features Ben Owen, who stars as John Hodge in the Damien Chazelle-directed Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, as Ned, one half of a London police duo watching over the Embassy. Ray Benitez, a member of the board of SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local, also appears.
“We molded the shady underworld of Wikileaks and the intrigue of international politics with lighthearted comedy,” said Garner. “We wanted to recreate the feel of a classic British sit-com—something you might have seen on the BBC – while honoring the shadowy world in which Assange and Wikileaks exist.”
The nine-episode first season is available at www.assangeembassysuite.com, along with behind the scenes photos, outtakes, and more from the series.
“Assange is a global icon—a hero to some, a villain to others,” said Parkinson. “He’s gone from being a nuisance to the center of international politics—all from the strangest living circumstances you can imagine. His relationships with political figures like Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Nigel Farage, and celebrities like Pamela Anderson, along with his recognizable white hair, Australian drawl, and nefarious web activities, make him ripe for parody.”