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May 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

In a bit of Hollywood irony, the producers of the James Bond movies are going to make a film about Edward Snowden, who — if he were fiction — might have made a worthy nemesis for Bond. Sony Pictures said on Wednesday that it had purchased the rights to Glenn Greenwald’s book about Snowden, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, which was released on Tuesday. “Growing up, I was heavily influenced by political films, and am excited about the opportunity to be part of a political film that will resonate with today’s moviegoers,” Greenwald said in a statement. Earlier in the day, Greenwald defended Snowden’s release of the Washington documents on American spying, noting that the former NSA contractor was insistent that certain documents that could have jeopardized American lives if they were released remain under wraps. “He did not come forward in order to harm the United States,” said the journalist who led the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Guardian that broke the story about NSA surveillance based on Snowden’s files. “He could have sold those documents for tens of millions of dollars.”