Being called a hero and a patriot in the same breath as a dissident and traitor is the consequence for Snowden’s action. Snowden, a biographical political thriller film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nicolas Cage, Rhys Ifans, Shailene Woodley, Timothy Olyphant, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Zachary Quinto, Ben Schnetzer, Logan Marshall-Green, and LaKeith Lee Stanfield is a must-see for its inside look into espionage. Directed by Oliver Stone and co-written by Stone with Kieran Fitzgerald, it’s based on the books by Anatoly Kucherena (Time of the Octopus) and Luke Harding (The Snowden Files).
Edward Joseph Snowden was simultaneously hailed and reviled in the media for his role in copying and leaking classified documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013. Aside from being a skilled computer professional, he was also a former contractor of the U.S. government and a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, both of which enabled him to access thousands of classified documents. His disclosures brought to light the numerous global surveillance programs operated by the public and private sectors including the NSA, European governments, and telecoms firms.
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