In his eight years in office, the Obama Justice Department spearheaded eight Espionage Act prosecutions, more than all US administrations combined. Journalists were also caught in the crosshairs: Investigators sought phone records for Associated Press journalists, threatened to jail an investigative reporter for The New York Times, and named a Fox News reporter a co-conspirator in a leak case. In Texas, a journalist investigating private defense contractors became the focus of a federal prosecution and was initially charged for sharing a hyperlink containing hacked information that had already been made public.
The vote come nearly two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed mass surveillance at home and abroad by the surveillance agency.
Moviegoers sit in the same hotel room in China where the filmmaker and Greenwald meet Snowden for the very first time.
“He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future."
Snowden has been living in Russia since last June.
"Just the threat of getting charged is enough to chill that journalistic practice. It sends a real scary message to those people who do this for a living.”
The NSA whistleblower will be streamed live from Moscow.
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