FROM Laura Poitras
In 'Risk,' a character study of Julian Assange and his sexual assault charges When Laura Poitras began filming Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in 2011, she thought she would be documenting his quest for truth and free information. But she wound up finding something that disturbed her.
'Citizenfour' In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras received an encrypted email from a person calling himself Citizenfour. He promised to deliver shocking information about the degree to which the federal government was spying on American citizens. In her film, Citizenfour , Poitras reads from those early emails which came, as the world now knows, from Edward Snowden. Snowden had chosen to contact Poitras -- who lives in Berlin because of Germany's strong privacy laws -- because of her previous work and her interest in domestic surveillance. She had been been a target of it herself. After months of secret correspondence with Snowden, Poitras flew to Hong Kong in May. 2013 to meet him. Citizenfour focuses largely on Snowden's tense days in a hotel room there, as he told his story to reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill and became world-famous virtually overnight. Kim Masters talks to Poitras about the process of making Citizenfour and her earlier film, My Country, My Country, including how she got funding for both projects. They also discuss possible reasons Poitras was stopped and searched at the US border so many times, a mystery that remains unsolved to this day.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."