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Whistleblowers Win at the Academy Awards

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On Sunday, Citizen Four, Laura Poitras’ documentary about Edward Snowden, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars. The film, on which Glenn Greenwald collaborated, has been heralded by news outlets as triumph of documentary film making. 

“It’s a tense and frightening thriller that blends the brisk globe-trotting of the “Bourne” movies with the spooky, atmospheric effects of a Japanese horror film,” wrote The New York Times’ A. O. Scott in a glowing review of the documentary

Greenwald, who broke the news about secret U.S. government surveillance programs with Snowden's help, stood proudly onstage alongside Poitras. 

“Thank you to Edward Snowden for his courage, and for the many other whistleblowers,” said a visibly shaken Poitras in her acceptance speech. “And I share this with Glenn Greenwald and other journalists who are exposing truth.” 

Greenwald currently resides in Brazil with his boyfriend. He and Poitras work as editors on his online publication, The Intercept.

You can watch Citizen Four below:

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