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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.

Oliver Stone criticises MoD over pig surgery

Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone. Credit: PA

Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone has written to the Ministry of Defence to protest against the "barbaric and shameful" use of live pigs to train British Army doctors in battlefield surgery.

The American director, producer and screenwriter - known for films such as Born On The Fourth Of July and himself a veteran of war - urged Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to put an end to British participation in the "cruel" drills.

In a letter addressed directly to Mr Hammond via email, Stone said: "Pigs are very intelligent beings - just like the dogs and cats with whom millions of us share our homes.

The MoD last month stood by its participation in the drills, claiming they helped save lives on the battlefield.