Citizenfour

Back in January of 2013, Laura Poitras a documentary filmmaker who received the MacArthur Genius Fellowship award in 2012 and shared a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was a few years into creating a documentary about the increase in surveillance America saw post 9/11 when she suddenly received several encrypted e-mails from a mysterious source, calling themselves “citizen four”. Citizenfour was prepared to blow the whistle on the surveillance programs set up by the NSA and other such intelligence agencies.

Citizenfour was of course Edward Snowden, and in June of 2013 once this became apparent Poitras and reporter Glen Greenwald flew to Hong Kong to have their first of many filmed interviews which later helped to create this movie.

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  • sharpstuff

    Snowden is controlled opposition.

    • Ayumiya

      what do you imply under “opposition”?

    • Guestfour

      Right, because revealing what the government does and the resulting shitstorm of public distrust of the government is somehow good for the government. Where do you people come from?

  • Antic

    Don’t believe this.

  • dfbvfdbdfbsb

    load of shit. he’s a traitor.

    • Abraxas

      He is a traitor for you, and you being the “ruling” caste of the US.
      Luckily there a lot more of us than of you.

  • Ayumiya

    nobody actuallty knows what is the truth. the one thing i understand is only that he’s a traitor and his will of fame is incredible

    • Guestfour

      So you would rather be spied on and not know about it?

      ”He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”

    • Overmind

      Who has he betrayed? The US people or the US politicians?
      Or are they the same for you.

  • Althea Crawford

    Ya…Snowden’s safe passage to China and Russia–with candid photos of him and his girlfriend–has given me serious pause…When you think about it, he’s never released any REALLY serious info as Private Manning did, now incarcerated for a very long time. It has me rethinking Greenwald and Poitras also…I think they’re freekin’ all Agents (minus Manning) intentionally placed to leak limited info to keep the public freaked…After all, a bully (govt’s) only has power over his victims (the public), when we have an awareness of they’re deeds and intentions.

    • Four

      Great point!!

    • armdkny

      You’re joking right??

      • Andrew Paul

        Do you have a rebuttle to that or are you posing a rethorical question because you’re unsure how you feel about his statement?

        Its true that other have expressed greater sums of information on a wider scale. That being said Edward Snowdens contribution was anything but minor. Every step brights members of the public and legislators who arent just in it for the money to make a change in our proposition for laws and votes on those bills proposed by others.

        • armdkny

          Is he a big boy who can answer for himself??

  • LeeM

    This is a great documentary; so interesting that it was filmed in real time (most of it from a hotel room in Hong Kong). It take you into Ed Snowden’s world; a “day” in the life of Edward Snowden during the period that his leaks were being revealed. I refute the other comments on this page. Anybody who understands the consequences of Snowden’s actions won’t need convincing of this, including in the very least the support of Julian Assange ie an expert on this subject who saw the benefits in what Snowden revealed. Suffice to say Snowden revealed the breadth and depth of the NSA programs; its collaboration with other countries, the spying on other countries, industrial espionage and the fact that there are 1.2 million people on the watch list. Snowden’s revelations have crystalised what was previously a myth, that we have no privacy. Change starts with an informed citizenry and Snowden has certainly aided in this end.

  • Randall Grahovac

    Snowden will be caught one way or another. These lizards that control our world governments have unlimited way to get him with technology they only know about……..BUT, what if Snowden is Reptilian himself? (during a few shots in this doc, he looked like he was about to shapeshift to a lizard form)

    • Amber

      Are you serious?

    • Andrew Paul

      We’re talking about a member of society standing up for right is right. Protecting personal information from being released onto something as loose as the Deep Web…not Cell jr.

    • nathan

      It’s called pixel distortion you dumb fuck.

  • David Kozat

    I love how on the early case scene the NSA defense are basically saying, that the case should be ignored or thrown out of court as it could damage or potentially cause a risk of National Security what a bullshit argument from the defense, I do like that at least the federal court don’t bow down immediately though.. it has to be said that am very skeptical that federal court is the right place for this cases as most, let be honest, dont really understand the technical problems or breaches of security and privacy invasion on this cases. They need someone with actual background and understanding of what the actual technology is capable of doing not just the data being collected.

    Maybe is just me as a Computer Network Technician.

  • Andy

    Just a juvenile observation, but the guy/Attorney he left with…..was called Mr. Man.

  • Someone…

    Hope everyone here is watching this video using a nice secure OpenVPN connection.