In 2013, CIA employee and government contractor Edward Snowden copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Administration that revealed numerous global surveillance programs, including harvesting millions of email and instant messaging contact lists, tracking cell phones, and using cookies to pinpoint targets for government hacking. His disclosures helped bring to light serious privacy concerns not just to the American people but to the rest of the world as well. Considered by some to be a whistleblower hero and others a traitor, Snowden is certainly a controversial figure, and he’s now the subject of the latest Oliver Stone biopic. Watch the first trailer above featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden.
In the trailer, we see Snowden as he’s discharged from the Special Forces after breaking both his legs, impress his superiors at the CIA with his genius-level knowledge, and soon become contracted out to Dell only to discover the breadth and scope of the NSA’s tactics that included widespread invasion of privacy on its on citizens. When he’s no longer able to look the other way at such gross governmental misconduct, he copies the requisite information from the NSA. But after he leaks the files, he finds himself the target of treason charges and a government manhunt.
Based on Luke Harding’s “The Snowden Files” and Anatoly Kucherena’s “Time of the Octopus,” “Snowden” will be Oliver Stone’s 20th film since 1974. Stone filmed “Snowden” outside of the United States out of fear of governmental interference from the NSA. Edward Snowden was last the subject of Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” a documentary about the NSA’s spying scandal that won the Best Documentary Feature award at the 2015 Oscars.
“Snowden” will be released into theaters on September 16th.