Outspoken filmmaker Oliver Stone has declared NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a "hero" and that it's "a disgrace that Obama is more concerned with hunting down Snowden than reforming these George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques," according to The Wrap.
U.S. film director Oliver Stone addresses a press conference at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on July 4, 2013. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Stone—who's been derided by David Horowitz for his choice of cultural heroes and acknowledged pushing left-wing politics through his films—made his statements during a Fourth of July appearance at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.
Stone at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic on July 4, 2013. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Mediaite reported that Stone also said:
“To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment. He should be welcomed, and offered asylum, but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States. This should not be. This is what’s wrong with the world today, and it’s very important that the world recognizes and gives asylum to Snowden. Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States’ Big Brother attitude toward the world.”
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Stone urged other “countries to say no to the United States,” adding, “The United States is the dominant power in the universe, with its eavesdropping abilities, cyber abilities … It’s what they call in the Pentagon ‘full spectrum dominance.’ And the world is in danger with our tyranny.”
The filmmaker also recently appeared along with other progressive celebrities in a public service announcement supporting military whistleblower Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is currently awaiting a verdict for charges including espionage and “aiding the enemy.”
According to the Express, "Snowden is not the first famous whistleblower Stone has backed - he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in April (13) at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he his holed up as he battles extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges."
Here's the Bradley Manning PSA:
(H/T: The Wrap)