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The Program (2012)

Filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.

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Cast

Cast overview:
William Binney ... Himself
Daniel Ellsberg ... Himself
Jameel Jaffer Jameel Jaffer ... Himself
James Bamford ... Himself - Author
Alexander Abdo Alexander Abdo ... Himself
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data. She also meets whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, CIA expert James Bamford and internet activists. Written by New York Times Op-Docs

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New York Times Op-Docs

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Bluffdale, Utah, USA See more »

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Praxis Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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This short documentary about domestic surveillance in the United States was Edward Snowden's inspiration to contact filmmaker Laura Poitras. The following historic events are documented in Citizenfour (2014). See more »

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Featured in Stare Into the Lights My Pretties (2017) See more »

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