There’s a decent chance you’ve heard of Edward Snowden, but most likely confused him for Julian Assange.
They are different people. Assange made WikiLeaks, while Snowden’s story is much different. ‘Snowden’ is a biopic directed by Oliver Stone (Platoon, J.F.K., Any Given Sunday) Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was in the military when he was hurt and couldn’t go into combat. When tested for the CIA, it was discovered he was kind of a genius, and quickly given a highly top secret position.
That’s when Snowden discovered things that he didn’t like and thought that people should know. The CIA could and would hack into anywhere they wanted; email, chats, everything the users thought was private, without the people knowing. They didn’t need a search warrant, so this included innocent civilians if they wanted to. Snowden thought this was wrong, and people needed to know, so in 2013 he leaked a large number of documents to the media, including Gleen Greenwald (Zachary Quinto). Snowden then left America with girlfriend Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley) to Russia where he sought asylum.
Some call Edward Snowden a hero, to others, he’s a terrorist. Is what he did right? Find out in Snowden, when it releases into theaters on September 16, 2016.