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  • 3 June 2014, 14:41

Oliver Stone To Direct Edward Snowden Film

Wall Street director Oliver Stone is to make a film about the fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

Luke Harding, the author of The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man, said on Twitter that the Oscar winner has bought the rights to the book.

Harding, who writes for The Guardian, said Stone would write and direct the film with his long-term producing partner Moritz Borman.

"I'm thrilled and delighted," the journalist said.

Stone, whose films also include JFK and Nixon, said he was looking forward to making the film.

"This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge," he said.

Snowden is wanted by the American authorities for leaking series of US intelligence secrets, and is currently living in Russia. His US passport has been revoked.

Snowden has said he is open to the possibility of clemency or amnesty and would like to return home one day.

But he maintains he carried out a patriotic act by exposing huge surveillance dragnets he said infringed the US Constitution.

Washington says Snowden is welcome to return home but only to face trial for exposing sensitive top secret information which it says aided US enemies.

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