SHERLOCK star Benedict Cumberbatch and Wikileaks fugitive Julian Assange have struck up a a secret friendship.
Whistle-blowing activist Assange had refused to meet the actor who portrays him in new movie The Fifth Estate.
He slated the film as a “lie upon lie” and “a massive propaganda attack on Wikileaks and the character of my staff”.
But now he regularly emails Cumberbatch from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he fled last June when Sweden tried to extradite him on sex charges.
A source said: “When filming began things changed. Their email relationship is the talk of the set. Assange now thinks Benedict better understands his actions and motivations.”