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article imageOliver Stone purchases rights to second source for Snowden film

By Sarah Gopaul     Jun 10, 2014 in Entertainment
Anatoly Kucherena, Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer, has sold the film rights to his novel, “Time of the Octopus,” to American filmmaker Oliver Stone.
National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, has entered into an agreement with writer/director Oliver Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman for the film rights to his book, Time of the Octopus, which is set to be published later this year.
The novel tells the fictional story of Joshua Cold, an American whistleblower who, threatened by his government and waiting for a decision on his request for asylum from Russian authorities, is forced to spend three weeks in limbo in Moscow airport’s transit area. He occupies his time there by talking to a Russian lawyer about his life and motivations for exposing a massive American surveillance program.
“The more I engaged in the Edward Snowden case, the more I was impressed by his story,” said Kucherena. “To understand Edward and his actions, I had to ‘tune to his wavelength’ and try to balance between the rational and intuitive perception of his world. Having experienced these incredible sensations, I realized that I had to write about them, but only in the form of a novel that would not claim any sophisticated philosophical conclusions.”
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden:  I don t want to live in a society that does these sort of things
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: "I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things"
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In June 2013, Snowden delivered numerous classified NSA documents to journalists and exposed a number of global surveillance programs. The technical expert worked for several U.S. intelligence agencies before conducting what has been called one of the most significant leaks in American history. He was charged with violations of the Espionage Act and has since been living in asylum in Russia.
“Anatoly has written a ‘grand inquisitor’ style Russian novel weighing the soul of his fictional whistleblower, Joshua Cold, against the gravity of a ‘1984’ tyranny that has achieved global proportions,” said Stone. “His meditations on the meaning of totalitarian power in the 21st century make for a chilling, prescient horror story.”
Stone will use Kucherena’s insights in conjunction with The Guardian’s foreign correspondent Luke Harding’s book, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, as the sources for his screenplay for a yet untitled “Snowden” film. Production is planned to start before the end of the year.
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