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Glenn Greenwald sells film rights to his Edward Snowden book

Glenn Greenwald sells film rights to his Edward Snowden book

The story behind the Edward Snowden leaks is headed for the big screen.

Glenn Greenwald’s book on Edward Snowden and the NSA is apparently headed for the big screen.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Sony Pictures Entertainment has optioned film rights to Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State.

The book by Greenwald, whose reporting on the revelations contained in Snowden’s top-secret NSA documents won the Pulitzer Prize for The Guardian newspaper this year, was published May 13. James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions will produce the politically themed drama that is expected to be in the vein of other Sony true story films like The Social Network and Captain Phillips.

Greenwald’s highly anticipated book examines the journalist’s personal involvement in working with Snowden to break numerous stories about the U.S. government’s intelligence-gathering operations. The book is both a personal narrative of the events as they unfolded and a historical reflection on the broader implications of the NSA’s activities. Greenwald and his family have been harassed throughout the process of bringing Snowden’s story to the public.

Greenwald’s book, released this week, covers in part some of the background on his dealings with the former NSA contractor, according to the NY Times.

In “No Place to Hide,” Mr. Greenwald recounts the story of how he and Ms. Poitras, a documentary filmmaker, traveled to Hong Kong to meet with Mr. Snowden and the race to publish articles based on the documents he provided, all the while fearful of authorities’ closing in. The outlines of this story will be familiar to readers who followed it in real time last year, and to readers of the recent book “The Snowden Files” (by the Guardian reporter Luke Harding), just as much of the material here about the N.S.A. will be familiar to readers of articles that have appeared in The Guardian (many with Mr. Greenwald’s byline), The Washington Post and The New York Times.

The book is also supposed to contain a new set of leaked documents, although the documents don’t necessarily contain new information.  Rather, the documents are said to corroborate previously released information.

And Greenwald’s book also reportedly contains some criticism directed at the media.

From the NY Times:

Substantial sections of this book deal not with Mr. Greenwald’s relationship with Mr. Snowden and the N.S.A., but with his combative view of “the establishment media,” which he has denounced for “glaring subservience to political power” and to which he condescends as inferior to his more activist kind of journalism.

In “No Place to Hide,” Mr. Greenwald is critical of the process by which publications like The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Guardian speak with government officials before publishing sensitive articles dealing with national security issues; he contends that this process allows the “government to control disclosures and minimize, even neuter, their impact.” He also makes self-dramatizing boasts about his own mission: “Only audacious journalism could give the story the power it needed to overcome the climate of fear the government had imposed on journalists and their sources.”

In one passage, Mr. Greenwald makes the demonstrably false assertion that one “unwritten rule designed to protect the government is that media outlets publish only a few such secret documents, and then stop,” that “they would report on an archive like Snowden’s so as to limit its impact — publish a handful of stories, revel in the accolades of a ‘big scoop,’ collect prizes, and then walk away, ensuring that nothing had really changed.” Many establishment media outlets obviously continue to pursue the Snowden story. Further, many of Mr. Greenwald’s gross generalizations about the establishment media do a terrible disservice to the many tenacious investigative reporters who have broken important stories on some of the very subjects like the war on terror and executive power that Mr. Greenwald feels so strongly about.

Edward Snowden meanwhile remains in Russia, where he sought and was granted asylum.

There’s no word yet on a release date for the film, according to Reuters.  I suppose it will be interesting to see not only the reaction from the public to the film when it does come out, but that of some media outlets as well.

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makes the demonstrably false assertion that one “unwritten rule designed to protect the government

I’d be interested to see how the Times will demonstrate that a statement about an “unwritten rule” is false.

Perhaps Mr. Greenwald observed the effect, and simply got the intent wrong. Certainly David Rockefeller publicly acknowledged the type of action Greenwald observed.

“We are grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But, the work is now much more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.” David Rockefeller [June, 1991]

    Milhouse in reply to Valerie. | May 15, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Go to hell, you damned liar. Antisemitic propaganda and nutso conspiracy theorists are not welcome here. (No, the Rockefellers aren’t Jewish, but the nazi slime who make up “quotes” like that think they’re Jewish, which is the real reason they hate them.)

    Estragon in reply to Valerie. | May 15, 2014 at 1:43 am

    A well-know fake.

    Conspiracy nut much?

David R. Graham | May 15, 2014 at 12:19 am

Snowden is not a whistleblower, he is an espionage agent, at least of Russia, probably of China, possibly of both:

And Greenwald is no hero, he’s a sock-puppeteer, a biologically Jewish antisemite, and a traitor to the free world.

David R. Graham | May 15, 2014 at 12:39 am

Greenwald, Guardian and Wash Compost are left/criminal actors doing Chekist “active measures” (from which we have the term “activist,” meaning, disruptor, chaos-maker). Their role in this, along with NY Slimes, is to deflect attention from the espionage that is the core and overwhelming bulk of Snowden’s activities. They are helping the Big-House criminals in the White House by narrating this as a whistleblower incident about NSA. Nothing of the sort. It is an espionage incident penetrating the entire USA intelligence community and Greenwald, etc, are knowingly hiding that fact. To help their fellow criminals in the “criminal organization [local branch of the international] masquerading as a political party.”

Snowden is Manning on testosterone. This is not about the NSA and domestic surveillance. It is about handing keys to the entire USA national security infra-structure to at least one and likely two foreign and hostile government intelligence agencies.

Now what idiot/criminal and minions would allow that to happen? Likely encourage it?

Snowden is a great patriot. If your not in tech, you don’t understand, the things that have been uncovered is downright evil. The NSA used to be considered a great patron for security, now it’s viewed as a “persistent threat” worse than terrorists and hackers that constitutes a fundamental threat to the internet as a whole. It’s a threat to all of us.

    Estragon in reply to imfine. | May 15, 2014 at 1:45 am

    He’s a traitor who should hang for his crimes.

    It wouldn’t break my heart to see all his loyal admirers swinging with him, either, as a show of solidarity. It would make quite a statement.

      imfine in reply to Estragon. | May 15, 2014 at 11:18 am

      If anyone should hang it should be the NSA. As a tech professional whose responsible for the information security for millions of people I can say as an expert on this that the NSA is one fucked up and truly evil organization. The things they have done are beyond the pale and if any ordinary person had done what these people have done they would be considered super criminals. There’s no law they can point to, nothing in the constitution that allows what they have done. they are simply a threat to everyone.

    NavyMustang in reply to imfine. | May 15, 2014 at 5:29 am

    I love the smell of hyperbole in the morning!

    You know not what you talk about.

    NavyMustang in reply to imfine. | May 15, 2014 at 5:30 am

    “I love the smell of hyperbole in the morning!

    You know not what you talk about.”

    By the way, the post above is referring to imfine’s post, not estragon who I agree with completely.

    David R. Graham in reply to imfine. | May 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Does NSA have you and your activities under surveillance? Other than bad-mouthing NSA, your remarks are hyper-vague, nearly featureless, without specificity, to include about your claimed heavy responsibilities and exalted abilities. And your assumptions do not check out. I’d say you’re a bellyacher, a sock-puppet (active measurer), possibly both. In any case, not upfront.

      Feel free to read up on the subject

      Everyone and everything is under surveillance and their activities are incredibly dangerous. I don’t expect you to understand or appreciate everything anymore than any advanced professional explaining to a layman whats going on. To put it bluntly they now have the power to destroy anyone at anytime. They have even destroyed innocent people who unknowingly have gotten in their way just because they implementing sound security. Its all there to see, just read.

      You should simply accept that those who are experts who don’t work for the government are uniformly outraged about what has been going on.

As I said from the moment I saw Greenwald’s name associated with this story, “Wait a minute, there’s something rotten here. GG is a far-left anti-American known liar who would do anything to promote himself and damage America.”

History will be a very harsh judge of Snowden, Greenwald, and those who tolerate and celebrate them. But it may take a while: there are still those defending Alger Hiss after the KGB files proving he was an agent were released 20 years ago.

Glenn Greenwald is famous for being outed as a sock-puppet when the blogosphere was young. Giving him a job in journalism is like giving a child molester a job teaching grade school.

Snowden is a tool of foreign espionage. He could have exposed the wrong that he found, but he went far beyond that and compromised every bit of classified information he could lay hands on in a destructive fit of pique. He is a national traitor and should be summarily executed.

David R. Graham | May 15, 2014 at 12:35 pm

FWIW, I estimate that both “scandals,” “Snowden” and “IRS,” are powerful distractions mounted by the White House to deflect attention from the real scandal, the one that hurts, Benghazi: