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Academy Award-winning director Oliver Stone, the director of Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK, has released Snowden, the politically-charged thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, which reveals the personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some and a traitor by others.
Meanwhile, in response to the publicity surrounding the release of Oliver Stone’s film, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence urged President Barack Obama on Thursday not to pardon Edward Snowden, concluding in an unclassified summary of a two-year investigation that the former NSA contractor was “not a whistleblower” — echoing what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a press briefing earlier in the week.
“Edward Snowden is no hero — he’s a traitor who willfully betrayed his colleagues and his country. He put our service members and the American people at risk after perceived slights by his superiors,” said Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., in a statement about the report on Snowden’s disclosure of documents on NSA worldwide surveillance programs.
The entire panel — Democrats and Republicans alike — signed a letter sent directly to the president, asserting that Snowden is “not a patriot.” The unclassified summary of the report, disclosed alongside the letter, is just three pages long; the classified version is 36 pages with 230 footnotes.
Text adapted from an article by Jenna McLaughlin published in The Intercept.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s film.