“Edward Snowden could not be here for some treason,” Harris said, after Citizenfour, a film by Laura Poitras that chronicles the lead to and fallout of Snowden’s initial batch of leaks about the National Security Agency, earned the Oscar for best documentary.
Snowden, the fugitive leaker, participating in a reddit “Ask Me Anything” forum Monday with Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald, said he was unfazed by the quip.
“To be honest, I laughed at NPH,” Snowden wrote, using the common abbreviation to refer to the three-name entertainer. “I don’t think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that’s not so bad. My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.”
Several of Snowden’s critics, including some politicians, have accused the former NSA contractor of committing treason by spilling secrets about the government’s intelligence programs.
“Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras thanked journalist Glenn Greenwald, and more like him, for “exposing truth” during her acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary, Feature on Sunday.
“Disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don’t only expose a threat to our privacy, but to our democracy itself,” Poitras told the star-studded audience at the Dolby Theatre. “Thank you to Glenn Greenwald and other journalists for exposing truth.”
Poitras shares the Oscar with Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky, who produced the documentary that beat out “Finding Vivian Maier,” “Last Days of Vietnam,” “Virunga” and “The Salt of the Earth.”
The TWC Radius release was no surprise victor, however. In the awards race leading up the 87th annual Academy Awards, “Citizenfour” won every single documentary award.