It’s been years since computer genius Edward Snowden released classified information from the NSA and the US intelligence regarding privacy violations and data mining activities. Since 2013 the same question has been asked, is he a traitor or a hero?
In the new film Snowden directed by Oliver Stone, news footage of Pres. Obama is used, where he labels Edward Snowden a “29-year-old hacker.”
To this inquiry, the movie’s lead actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt said, “The question is we’re promised privacy in the constitution and if the government is going to change those rules, they need to be open about that.”
Oliver Stone says that the whole cast of the movie believe Edward Stone is a patriot, but assured the audience that the movie will portray the side of the government too.
Edward Snowden was called a “genius among geniuses” while he was working for the US government. He worked extensively with the CIA and the NSA, and his exposure of sensitive information has sparked debates about the balance of national security and information privacy.
He is now working on a nonprofit organization that aims to defend civil liberties in the digital world, called Electronic Frontier Foundation.
For his part, Oliver Stone also lamented on how the new app Pokemon Go can be used to pry for personal information, and how people should be aware of it. He said corporations could acquire information from consumers that allows it to dictate consumer behavior.
“It’s not really funny. What’s happening is a new level of invasion.” Oliver Stone said.
“That is what they call Totalitarianism.” He added.
Edward Snowden said he questions Pres. Obama’s conviction for change. He also said Trump and Clinton even wants to increase military and surveillance buildups and describes it as Orwellian.
When previously asked if he was a whistleblower, a traitor, patriot or a hero, he simply responded that he’s an American. What he’s doing is not directed against the American government but one’s evil desire for power.
Gordon-Levitt describes Edward Snowden as “an old-fashioned gentleman,” and praised him for his optimism.
He now lives in an undisclosed location in Russia.
The biographical political thriller film Snowden will be released in North America on September 16th.
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