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CITIZENFOUR gives audiences unprecedented access to filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald’s encounters with Edward Snowden as he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency.

Director: Laura Poitras
Year: 2014
Time: 114 min

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Read Glenn Greenwald’s account of the 11 days he spent in Hong Kong with Snowden in his book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

Visit The Free Snowden website to find many ways to help Snowden on a personal level, including donating to his legal fees, as well as how to petition against mass surveillance.

Consider donating to their cause of the Whistleblower Support Center and Archive  that provides unbiased assistance to whistleblowers and maintains an online archive of their stories. 

Protect yourself against surveillance. Make sure to reset your passwords often and to use long, hard-to-crack passwords. Hard to remember them all? Use a password manager.

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Who is Edward Snowden and what did he do? Why is this information important? What impact have Snowden’s revelations had? Why doesn’t Edward Snowden release all the documents at once?

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An intimate article about Laura Poitras and the making of CITIZENFOUR from The New Yorker.

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Amnesty International takes UK to Court

“Amnesty International, Liberty and Privacy International have announced today they are taking the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights over its indiscriminate mass surveillance practices. The legal challenge is based on documents made available by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden which revealed mass surveillance practices taking place on an industrial scale.”

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Redacted Reports on Damages

Nearly two years after Snowden leaked highly classified information to journalists, intelligence officials continue to claim that his disclosures have caused grave damage to national security.

Find out more on Vice News. 

Edward Snowden on TED

“Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. ‘Your rights matter,” he says, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.’ Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.”

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Ever since he came forward as the source behind the leaks that outed PRISM, Edward Snowden has received an enormous amount of attention from the media. But Edward Snowden is only the most recent successor in a line of whistleblowers that have shaped contemporary history.

Take a look at some of Snowden’s forerunners and examine how they have fared on Mic.


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