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Oliver Stone to make NSA whistleblower film

NSA leaker Edward Snowden spoke via Google Hangout to a South by Southwest Interactive crowd earlier this year. Credit: Press Association Images

Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone is make a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile movies in the works about the National Security Agency whistleblower.

Stone said he planned to adapt The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding.

The Platoon director will have stiff competition however: Sony Pictures purchased the big-screen rights to Glenn Greenwald's No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA And The US Surveillance State. The film is being produced by James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

Stone has advocated for the former NSA contract systems analyst, who is living in Russia on a temporary grant of asylum after leaking massive amounts of agency documents to the media.

"To me, Snowden is a hero because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment," Stone said at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Patriot or traitor: Swing in US opinion on Snowden

American opinion on whether computer analyst Edward Snowden patriot or traitor has swung significantly after an interview was aired on US television.

Snowden leaked US intelligence information but in the interview he insisted he was a patriot. During the course of it, he managed to persuade people watching at home.

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

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Snowden: I'm comfortable that I did the right thing

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has told NBC News he is "comfortable" with his actions in revealing details of the US National Security Agency's surveillance programme.

However Snowden, who is now living in exile in Russia, admitted he does feel a "sense of loss" at not being able to return to the US.

Read: Edward Snowden in TV interview: I want to go home

Kerry to Snowden: 'Man up' and face justice in US

US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Edward Snowden to face justice in his home country. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry invited Snowden to "man up and come back to the United States."

"The bottom line is this is a man who has betrayed his country, who is sitting in Russia, an authoritarian country where he has taken refuge," Kerry told the CBS network.

"If he has a complaint about what's the matter with American surveillance, come back here and stand in our system of justice and make his case," Kerry said.

Former NSA contractor Snowden: I want to go home

The TV interview was Snowden's first since being granted asylum in Russia. Credit: NBC News

Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has told a US television interviewer he would like to go home from asylum in Moscow, but that if necessary he would seek to extend his stay in Russia.

US officials said he was welcome to return to the United States if he wanted to face justice for leaking details of massive US intelligence-gathering programmes.

"If I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home," Snowden told NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams in an excerpt from the interview that aired on Wednesday.

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Edward Snowden appears on Putin phone-in

Former CIA operative Edward Snowden appeared on Russian television today to ask Vladimir Putin whether his government is engaged in the sort of mass surveillance he claims the US government is involved in.

Mr Putin tells Snowden, who appears via video link, that there is no "indiscriminate" mass surveillance in Russia and that "in accordance with the law, there cannot be".

Read: US government 'spied on human rights charities'

Snowden: Pulitzer Prize award a 'vindication'

Edward Snowden said the work of the reporters had created a "more accountable democracy" Credit: REUTERS/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras/Courtesy of The Guardian

Edward Snowden has issued a statement after the Guardian and Washington Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in honour of their coverage of the NSA revelations.

"Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government," the whistleblower said.

"We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation," he added.

"This decision reminds us that what no individual conscience can change, a free press can. My efforts would have been meaningless without the dedication, passion, and skill of these newspapers, and they have my gratitude and respect for their extraordinary service to our society.

"Their work has given us a better future and a more accountable democracy," Mr Snowden said.

Guardian and Washington Post share Pulitzer Prize

Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who broke the NSA revelations.
Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who broke the NSA revelations. Credit: Reuters

The Guardian US and the Washington Post have shared the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in honour of their revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The award recognised journalists Glenn Greenwald, Barton Gellman, Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill for their reporting on the information leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The Boston Globe also won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for their coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing.

US government 'spied on human rights charities'

Edward Snowden speaking to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Credit: Reuters

Whistleblower Edward Snowden has said that the US National Security Agency deliberately listened in on the activities and staff of prominent human rights organisations.

Addressing members of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg via video link from Moscow, Snowden said that the NSA had deliberately monitored bodies like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

He told MEPs: "The NSA has targeted leaders and staff members of these sorts of organisations, including domestically within the borders of the United States." Snowden did not reveal which groups the NSA had bugged.

The Council of Europe invited the White House to give evidence but it declined.

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