Oliver Stone Creates Movie About Edward Snowden

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Filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to write and direct a movie about U.S. ‘whistleblower’ Edward Snowden.

The former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee is currently living in Russia after confessing to leaking confidential information on mass surveillance operations undertaken by the U.S. and U.K. government officials on their own citizens.

He has been charged with committing espionage against America. However, the director thinks he is a “hero” and has purchased the rights to Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s book, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.

Reportedly, the production will start later in 2014. Stone said, “This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge.”

Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger added, “The story of Edward Snowden is truly extraordinary, and the unprecedented revelations he brought to light have forever transformed our understanding of, and relationship with, government and technology. We’re delighted to be working with Oliver Stone.”

This movie won’t be the only one about the wanted man. James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli is currently making a movie about the 30 year old. It is based on on journalist Glenn Greenwald’s book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the N.S.A. and the U.S. Surveillance State.

The infamous leak began in 2013 when he met American journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, telling them he had ‘sensitive documents’ he would like to share.

After handing over NSA documents, he revealed himself publicly as the source, before fleeing American justice to Russia. Snowden is currently living there on a one-year temporary asylum, which was granted last August.

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