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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The NSA whistleblower and former agent of CIA & NSA, Edward Snowden. (Laura Poitras/Praxis Films/Shutterstock)

A Real-Life Spy Thriller: Laura Poitras On Her New Snowden Film

More than a year after whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the NSA's surveillance programs, a new documentary chronicles Snowden's story and his decision to put everything on the line in the name of protecting American freedoms. Journalist and documentarian Laura Poitras was first contacted by Snowden in early 2013. Poitras eventually teamed up with journalist Glenn Greenwald—together they flew to Hong Kong to meet Snowden and make his revelations public. Using footage from that trip to Hong Kong, Poitras created the new documentary "CitizenFour," which tells the intimate story behind these leaks.

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