This followup to episode 14 looks at art and media that predicted the Edward Snowden story – either his personal story or the political discussion surrounding it. From Catch-22 to Enemy of the State, James Bond to Spooks to Star Trek, this show reviews the ways in which our perceptions of Snowden and his ‘revelations’ were shaped and conditioned long before the leaks began. I also touch on the public image of the NSA and how this differs from that of the CIA, and round by emphasizing how we need to get beyond the truth messiahs, the idea of omniscient whistleblowers, if we are to adequately respond to the mass surveillance state.
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