Though suspicions that a new source within the U.S. government’s national security apparatus has been leaking classified and sensitive documents to some of the same journalists that have been reporting on the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, not until the premiere of Laura Poitras’ new documentary film on the subject this weekend have those suspicions been confirmed by any of the journalists with direct knowledge of the facts.

“They can stomp me if they want to, but there will be seven more to take my place.” —Edward Snowden, in ‘Citizenfour’However, in a dramatic revelation for those who have now seen ‘Citizenfour’—which debuted at the New York Film Festival on Friday night where it received a standing ovation—a scene captured by Poitras shows award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald quietly confirming to Snowden the existence of a secord source within the intelligence community who has been sharing highly-secretive information.

The official trailer of the film, also released Friday, gives a sense of the film’s tenor and tone, but not much in way of exposé:

However, as journalist Ewan MacAskill, who himself played a key role in reporting on the Snowden affair and appears in the film, reports for the Guardian:

In his review of the film, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation Trevor Timm places the existence of a second leaker in the context of Snowden himself as he describes the possible interplay between how the actions of one whistleblower may ultimately lead to motivating others to follow suit. Timm writes:

And in the end, Timm concludes:


The film will open in theaters nationwide on October 24th. A short sampling of film reviews of ‘Citizenfour’ that have emerged since Friday follow.

(Steven Zeitchik / Los Angeles Times):

(Spencer Ackerman / Guardian):

(Ronnie Scheib / Variety):

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