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 February 23, 2015  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance

Update: Ars Technica reminds us all that Citizenfour will air on HBO tonight and on Channel 4 in the UK on Wednesday night.

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

Information on government spying is at:
https://www.aclu.org/nsa-surveillance

And, via Huffington Post:

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