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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
Retrieved March 26, Guests were required to sign non-disclosure agreements. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. By October , Snowden's disclosures had created tensions [] [] between the U. Stone went to meet Snowden two more times in late May of that year, [8] and Snowden finally agreed to the idea and even decided to take part.

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He advises Mills to fly home to Maryland, after which he contacts Poitras and Greenwald to schedule the meeting. With the help of journalist Ewen MacAskill , the information is disseminated to the press on June 5, , with additional leaks published in the following days. He is eventually granted asylum for three years, with Mills joining him at a later date. Snowden continues his activism. When Oliver Stone was first approached to help the film, he was hesitant. At the time, he was working on another controversial subject, about the last few years in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Bush — despite calling him the second worst President in U. Glenn Greenwald , the journalist who worked with Laura Poitras to break the Snowden story, asked him for some advice; a couple of months later, Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena , contacted Stone via his producer asking to meet him.

It was a fictional book, but Stone developed an interest towards it and called it "very Fyodor Dostoyevsky ", in the sense that none of it is realistic.

Stone, who did not know if Snowden would cooperate, was undecided whether to make a fictional film with an unnamed character or a story as realistic as possible. Stone began meeting with Edward Snowden in January Stone went to meet Snowden two more times in late May of that year, [8] and Snowden finally agreed to the idea and even decided to take part. Although he became involved in the project, he was given no script approval, nor did he receive any payment for the film.

Payment was instead given to The Guardian. On June 2, , it was announced that Stone and Moritz Borman had acquired the rights to the nonfiction book The Snowden Files by Luke Harding , and that Stone would write and direct a film based on it. Before production began, Stone and Gordon-Levitt met Snowden in in Moscow, where he had been living in exile with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, since evading the U.

It became extremely difficult for Stone, who had to finance everything along with the producer. Going back to America would have meant that Stone would have had to cut four days of work, which he said he could not afford to do.

For his role as Snowden, Joseph Gordon-Levitt pledged to donate his entire salary from the film to "help facilitate the conversation" about the relationship between technology and democracy.

Principal photography began on February 16, in Munich , Germany. The house used to film is on the same street Snowden lived on. Due to fear of interference by the National Security Agency , Stone decided to shoot the film mostly outside of the United States.

Peter Gabriel 's song "The Veil" [31] was composed especially for the film. The studio did not give reasons for the delay; however, The Hollywood Reporter reported that maybe it was because the film was not finished yet. It complements Citizenfour marvelously.

It helps understand a lot of things". Stone held a private screening of Snowden at the former home of Ernest Hemingway in Sun Valley , for an invited audience of around two dozen, including actress Melissa Leo , who portrayed documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. Guests were required to sign non-disclosure agreements.

The film received critical praise from the attendees, and one audience member was quoted saying, "What he did that's so brilliant is, he gave this kid's whole back story, so you really like him. It marked the lowest opening of Oliver Stone's career for a film playing in over 2, theaters.

Snowden received mixed reviews from critics, although Gordon-Levitt's performance garnered critical praise. The website's critical consensus reads, " Snowden boasts a thrilling fact-based tale and a solid lead performance from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, even if director Oliver Stone saps the story of some of its impact by playing it safe. Richard Roeper gave the film three out of four stars, saying, " Snowden works best when it's just Edward and the three journalists in that hotel room, sweating it out, or when we see the pattern of events that led him to commit acts that exposed the shocking practices of our own government that also quite possibly created serious security breaches.

On 19 November , during the Camerimage festival, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle received the Bronze Frog award for his work on this film. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Snowden Theatrical release poster. Alex Marquez Lee Percy. Stillwell Ben Chaplin as Robert Tibbo. And that's very disturbing, if you think about its implications on any subject that is not overtly pro-American.

They say we have freedom of expression; but thought is financed, and thought is controlled, and the media is controlled. This country is very tight on that, and there's no criticism allowed at a certain level. You can make movies about civil rights leaders who are dead, but it's not easy to make one about a current man. British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved November 18, Retrieved December 31, Retrieved September 14, Retrieved July 18, Retrieved March 9, Retrieved September 7, Retrieved June 22, Retrieved February 21, Retrieved April 16, Retrieved February 6, Retrieved February 16, Retrieved February 23, Retrieved February 26, Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to donate acting fee".

Archived from the original on February 17, Retrieved April 7, Local Press Hong Kong in Chinese. There he worked as a private contractor for the companies Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton. During this time, he began gathering information on a number of NSA activities—most notably, secret surveillance programs that he believed were overly broad in size and scope.

In May Snowden requested a medical leave of absence and flew to Hong Kong , where during the following month he conducted a series of interviews with journalists from the newspaper The Guardian. Footage filmed during that period was featured in the documentary Citizenfour Among the NSA secrets leaked by Snowden was a court order that compelled telecommunications company Verizon to turn over metadata such as numbers dialed and duration of calls for millions of its subscribers.

On June 9, , days after stories were initially published in The Guardian and The Washington Post without revealing the identity of their source, Snowden came forward, stating that he felt no need to hide because he had done nothing wrong. The Hong Kong government declined to act, and Snowden, with the assistance of the media organization WikiLeaks , flew to Moscow , where his exact whereabouts became the source of intense speculation.

Vladimir Putin confirmed that Snowden, whose passport had been revoked by the U. Putin resolutely stated that Russia would take no part in his extradition to the United States, and Snowden applied for asylum in some 20 countries, including Russia.

Obama acted on a number of these suggestions and recommended congressional review of others, but the role of the NSA and its data-collection efforts remained a bone of contention between the intelligence community and privacy advocates.

In April The Guardian U. He was also granted the opportunity to request an extension of that permit and, after five years of residence, to apply for Russian citizenship should he choose to do so.

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Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, ) is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in without authorization. Edward Snowden was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on June 21, His mother works for the federal court in Baltimore (the family moved to Maryland during Snowden's youth) as chief deputy clerk for administration and information technology. Few have vaulted from anonymity to the front pages more spectacularly than Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who revealed secrets from the National Security Agency's spying program.