Snowden Writer: ‘Trump And Clinton Both Wrong On Surveillance’


On the latest episode of Being Libertarian Presents, Charles Peralo interviewed Kieran Fitzgerald, a screenplay writer for Snowden.

Fitzgerald immediately noted that most people can’t differentiate Edward Snowden from Julian Assange, the creator of WikiLeaks, and said that the main motivation of his movie Snowden was to help remedy that, and create a history, like only film can. He stated that he stuck “as close as possible to details that Ed told (them).”

On the topic of security, safety, and the National Security Agency, Fitzgerald pointed out that after 9/11, “the military-industrial complex got really excited” about the possibilities of the internet and technology, and spurred the possibility of surveillance. Fitzgerald said that Snowden thinks it’s a beneficial thing to root out the bad guys.

When discussing film, Fitzgerald discussed the fact that in doing a movie, you have to cut things down, so there is a limited scope of what you can do in a 2 hour and 15 minute film. Cutting out key things is a sad truth in the world of film, he said.

Later, on the issue of the overall story of Snowden, Fitzgerald asserted that “apathy in this country in general is kind of a frustrating topic,” that people are apathetic to topics like these. He also rehashed the notion that, again, he is confused for the founder of WikiLeaks, and said that the media only really uses Snowden for sensational headlines about if he is a traitor or patriot.

On the issue of Trump and Clinton, Fitzgerald pointed out that they are “both heading in the wrong direction” on surveillance and the abuses of the NSA.

At the end of the interview, Fitzgerald said that a good educational strategy is solid to push for change, especially on this issue, including utilizing things like film and social media. Fitzgerald also pointed out that Snowden is looking to come back as soon as feasibly possible, and that he’s very homesick.

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