The Atlantic: A Portrait of the Whistleblower as a Young Man
Laura Poitras’ new documentary film, Citizenfour, tells the story of GAP client and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden when he revealed to the world the “mass surveillance of innocents.” It conveys the difficult consequences of exposing suppressed truths for both whistleblowers and journalists, while also capturing the satisfaction in knowing their work served the public interest. The film, which also features GAP client and NSA whistleblower William Binney, premiered Friday at the New York Film Festival.
A new book by New York Times investigative reporter James Risen, called “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” chronicles the controversial decisions of the American government since 9/11 and their impacts, including “lost billions in taxpayer dollars” and “the smashed dreams of an intelligence whistleblower.” One of the book’s chapters features the disclosures and experiences of NSA whistleblowers, including GAP clients Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe and Ed Loomis.
On Democracy Now!, Risen explains how NSA whistleblowers, including GAP client Edward Snowden, are “much more courageous than we reporters are.” He states that Snowden sparked a national debate on electronic surveillance, explaining that the persecution of previous whistleblowers revealed that Snowden “could never have gone through the system” to do that.