LONDON, 4 MARCH 2011 - The Hollywood mogul Steven Spielberg has bought the rights to the story of WikiLeaks, The Guardian reported. The newspaper was one of the five original media outlets used by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to publicise the tens of thousands of classified US documents relating to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and diplomatic cables.
A book based on the story of the covert leaks, and the controversial figurehead Mr Assange, has been published by The Guardian, and the rights to the book have been bought by Spielberg. The likely movie will be made by DreamWorks, the studio Spielberg and others founded in 1994.
Meanwhile, Mr Assange has officially lodged his intention to appeal against a British magistrate's order that he be extradited to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.
The office of Mark Stephens, Mr Assange's lawyer, confirmed that the appeal had been lodged with the High Court of Justice.
The grounds of the appeal have not been made public.
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