Edward Snowden Congratulates Laura Poitras for Winning Best Documentary Oscar for Citizenfour


an article by American Civil Liberties Union

[Editor’s Note: The film “Citizen Four” by Laura Poitras, based on interviews with Edward Snowden, won this year’s Hollywood Oscar award for best documentary.]


Photo credit: The Guardian/Laura Poitras (click on photo to enlarge)

The following is a statement from Edward Snowden provided to the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents him:

“When Laura Poitras asked me if she could film our encounters, I was extremely reluctant. I’m grateful that I allowed her to persuade me. The result is a brave and brilliant film that deserves the honor and recognition it has received. My hope is that this award will encourage more people to see the film and be inspired by its message that ordinary citizens, working together, can change the world.”

Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, had this reaction:

“Laura’s remarkable film has helped fuel a global debate on the dangers of mass surveillance and excessive government secrecy. The ACLU could not be more delighted that she has been recognized with an Academy Award.”

The ACLU’s petition asking President Obama to grant clemency to Snowden is at: https://www.aclu.org/secure/grant_snowden_immunity.

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