Snowden probably thought he was choosing the lesser of two evils when he surreptitiously released terabytes of data to newspaper reporters detailing the NSA’s collection of data on every U.S. citizen.
But to this day, members of the intelligence community and many Congressional lawmakers considered him one of the nation’s worst traitors.
He was charged with theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified intelligence to an unauthorized person in June 2013.
He fled the United States to avoid prosecution and ended up seeking political asylum in Russia. He’s still living in an undisclosed location. But he’s seeking asylum elsewhere and trying to negotiate his re-entry into the United States.
Whatever your politics, the move looks like a thrilling who-done-it; or more precisely a how-did-he do-it, according to the trailer.
Stone has a great eye for detail and nuance. Since he tells the story from Snowden’s point of view, the film is naturally sympathetic to the character, played by Joseph Gordon Levitt.
The film also stars Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson.
Many, of course, believe Snowden is an important whistle blower, who raised critical questions about the extent of U.S. spying and its implications for the privacy of U.S. citizens.
So is he a hero or a traitor? Judging from some of the dialogue, Stone sides with the former.
“The NSA is really tracking every cell phone in the world…There’s something going on inside the government that’s really wrong and I can’t ignore it,” Snowden says.
Paranoia over big government evidenced in another Stone films, like “JFK,” also runs rampant in “Snowdon.”
“They’re going to come for me. They’re going to come for all of you too,” Levitt warns in one scene.
The trailer is the first extended look at the film. Stone also wrote the script with Kiernan Fitzgerald based on two books, “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” and “Time of the Octopus,” written by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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