By Irin Carmon, Salon, Monday 10 June 2013
Laura Poitras, the award-winning documentary filmmaker gave her first since she helped reveal the scope of the National Security Agency’s digital surveillance. Poitras is still in Hong Kong, where she is filming the story behind the story — including her co-author on the Guardian story and former Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald — for her forthcoming documentary on whistle-blowers and leaks.
“I feel a certain need to be cautious about not wanting to do the work for the government,” she told Salon, but agreed to clarify some parts of her role in the story.
In a wide-ranging interview, she explained how she first made contact with Snowden, her reaction to the possible future investigation into his leaks, and why Edward Snowden didn’t go to the New York Times.