“Snowden” director Oliver Stone made his first-ever appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday and dropped a bomb, indicating NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is something of an enigma.
“Right now, Snowden is a larger than life story of what’s happening right now under our noses and it affects the majority of you, in our audience,” Stone said as he opened his first appearance on stage at Hall H at San Diego’s convention center.
Stone described at length the effort he and his team spent trying to really get to know Edward Snowden — from visiting him in person in Moscow to discussing the Snowden case with the journalists at The Guardian who covered the scandal when Snowden, an analyst for the NSA, became a whistleblower against the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs.
But even after everything they did to try to see the big picture, Stone said, they never quite got there.
“We went as far as we could,” Stone said. “There are things that we don’t know.”
The film enters theaters Sept. 16.