A mysterious message comes to an American journalist, hinting at a global intelligence network tracking the moves of every person by any means. Laura Poitras, an award winning journalist and documentary film maker, was one of three summoned to Hong Kong to meet with the illusive whistle-blower, who's message came with the conformation that if anything was leaked prematurely, he would surely be implemented and face terrible consequences. The journalist met with the man and began gathering his information which would mark a breakthrough in the world of journalism. The man's name was Edward Joseph Snowden.
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SXSW isn’t just about music; it’s a cultural hub for forward-minded individuals, giving them the chance to converge and share ideas and experiences. Today (moments ago, in fact, depending on when you’re reading this) the Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden spoke via video link from Russia to an SXSW crowd about the increasingly controversial subject of Government surveillance.
Julian Assange and Edward Snowden Have Been Giving Video Link Talks at SXSW
USA Today has a handy transcript of the conversation, edited for your reading pleasure over on their site. In the talk, Snowden talked about his motives for disclosing classified documents, which revealed the extent to which the NSA were had the American people under unprecedented levels of surveillance.
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In a packed week of news, Miley Cyrus returned for her second stint on Saturday Night Live and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity dominated the U.S. box office with a cool $50 million.
Miley's Homecoming: Miley Cyrus made her triumphant return to Saturday Night Live on Sunday and, hey, what do you know, the reviews were actually pretty good. She clearly had plenty of material to work with, though it seems like the Wrecking Ball star did a pretty good job. Check out the reaction here.
Gravity's Pull: Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi thriller Gravity exceeded expectations at the box office during its opening weekend, pulling in a massive $50 million despite modest promotion. Of course, it was the unanimously positive reviews that drove movie fans to the theaters, leaving Gravity as a very credible Oscar contender indeed. Read our roundup here.
When he said it wouldn't be a good film, he was sort of right
Julian Assange has become pretty annoying. There was a period when the WikiLeaks founder was an intriguing guy. People started calling him a rock and roll star. Now, he's holed away in the Ecuadorean embassy, demanding $1 million for interviews, getting visits from Lady Gaga and being mean to Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Official Fifth Estate Poster
It was revealed in a leaked email this week that Julian Assange refused to meet with the British actor while he was preparing to play the whistleblower in The Fifth Estate, describing Bill Condon movie as "toxic" and "distorted," and forebodingly urging Cumberbatch to "reconsider your involvement in this enterprise."
The intriguing email depicts Assange's attempt to stop the Fifth Estate from being made.
Full of ominous phrases, like “You should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise,” Julian Assange’s email to Benedict Cumberbatch has been released, showing the extent to which the WikiLeaks founder attempted to halt production of the movie, The Fifth Estate.
Benedict Cumberbatch protrays Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate'
Entitled, ‘Message from Assange,’ which has a certain terrifying quality to it, Assange goes on to compliment Cumberbatch, saying he thinks the actor is a good man, and that he would like to meet him one day. But the thrust of the message is aimed at derailing the movie based on him, his website and his rivalry with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played by Daniel Bruhl. “But I must speak directly,” Assange continued. The email has been quoted by many sources, including The Wrap, who published it in full.
Julian Assange's supporters - A small group of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange's supporters hold a street party outside the Ecuadorian Embassy to celebrate his 42nd birthday - London, UK, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Julian Assange London, United Kingdom Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder addresses a crowd from the Ecuadorian Embassy to mark six months since he arrived at the Embassy seeking political asylum. Thursday 20th December 2012