Whistle-blower Edward Snowden aka Edward Joseph Snowden will have his true story told in an upcoming movie. The Guardian reports today that director Oliver Stone has bought the rights to the true story and plans to adapt it to film. The movie will be based on the book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man" by Luke Harding, a journalist for The Guardian.
Ed Snowden's story became a media sensation in 2013 after he leaked highly sensitive, classified documents related to his work as a (NSA) National Security Agency contractor. Snowden was criticized for his disclosure of classified information that he obtained through authorized access regarding top secret surveillance programs that the U.S. government has in place, such as the PRISM program which tracks cell phones, computer and social media communications. Edward Snowden's breech is said to be one of the biggest leaks in United States history.
When the story first broke in June 2013, President Barack Obama did not make any comment regarding Edward Snowden's role in the leaks when questioned by reporters. But, Shawn Turner, Director of Public Affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in Washington, stated that the department was aware of the reports regarding Snowden, and that the matter had been referred to the Department of Justice for review. In a statement issued to CNN, Turner further stated that any person with security clearance understands fully that they are obligated to follow the law.
The film will trace Edward Snowden's steps from the moment he leaves his high- paying job in Hawaii to his hiding in Hong Kong and exposing the government's troubling surveillance secrets to a reporter. The movie will also portray the backlash from the White House and from the public, ultimately leading Snowden to seek asylum. Oliver Stone considers Edward Snowden to be a hero and will use The Guardian reporter Luke Harding's timeline of events to frame the movie. Filming is set to begin later this year, according to Variety.