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This was one of the first messages Ed Snowden wrote to filmmaker Laura Poitras beginning an exchange that helped expose the massive U.S. surveillance apparatus set up by the National Security Agency (NSA).
- Snowden is a "whistleblower," not a "leaker," because he was working for and deeply embedded in the NSA as an agent and operative, not the low level "contractor" as the NSA tried to portray him before his network interview, when he clarified all he did for the U.S. spying organization. Whistleblowers are doing a service to the country and humanity and, by law, are entitled to certain protections Bush and Obama deny routinely them. If someone within the FDA or NOAA reveals poisoningning and pollution-related cover ups, s/he is a whistleblower and deserves praise and protection from official retaliation U.S. Army Pfc. Chelsea Bradley Manning, Julian Assange (and WikiLeaks), Major Smedley Butler (War is a Racket), CIA Station Chief in South America Philip Agee are just some examples of whistleblowers.
Poitras went to DN! to talk about the film and her own experiences living under government surveillance. The film is the third installment of her 9/11 trilogy that also includes "My Country, My Country" about the war on Iraq and "The Oath" about the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
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