Citizenfour – Edward Snowden documentary

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Edward Snowden What is Citizenfour?

It’s the name of a new documentary, from Academy Award nominee director Laura Poitras.

It’s also the pseudonym that Edward Snowden used when he reached out to Poitras in January 2013, explaining that he wished to blow the whistle on covert surveillance operations being run by NSA and other intelligence agencies around the world.

The Guardian has called the documentary “gripping”, and the Telegraph commented that “everybody needs to see it”

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Here is a video trailer to whet your appetite:

Citizenfour Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Edward Snowden Documentary HD

If you’re in the UK, you can get your chance to see the documentary tonight at 8pm. as it sees its premiere at cinemas up and down the country. The screening will be followed by a live satellite Q&A with Laura Poitras.

I understand that Poitras is doing the interview via Skype, because she’s too afraid to come to the UK in case she’s arrested.

If you get the chance, go see “Citizenfour” and leave a comment with your thoughts.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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