SNOW­DEN, THE MOVIE, THE COMIC

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

How quickly things morph from ex­ile to en­ter­tain­ment: In the mad dash of Hol­ly­wood, a book about NSA whistle­blower Ed­ward Snow­den was pub­lished one day and be­came a ma­jor film project within 24 hours. In­deed, jour­nal­ist Glenn Green­wald’s “No Place to Hide” is now un­der de­vel­op­ment at Sony, with the same cre­ative team that pro­duced the last two James Bond block­busters. But who will play Mr. Snow­den?

Al­ready, Mr. Green­wald him­self has al­lowed that Jared Leto in un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. Also on the list: Robert Pat­tin­son, Hay­den Chris­tensen, Daniel Rad­cliffe, Ed­die Red­mayne and Andrew Garfield — choices, in­ci­den­tally, sug­gested by En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion.

But Mr. Snow­den also has be­come a comic book com­mod­ity.

“Ed­ward Snow­den has been called a whistle­blower, a hero, a traitor, a crim­i­nal. But who is he re­ally?” asks Va­lerie D’Orazio, a Marvel Comics writer who has now penned “Be­yond: Ed­ward Snow­den,” an edgy, stylish comic book re­leased Wed­nes­day by Blue­wa­ter Pro­duc­tions. The pub­lisher says the $4 comic ex­am­ines “the man be­hind the head­lines, search­ing for what might have mo­ti­vated him to com­mit one of the big­gest leaks of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion in U.S. his­tory.”

“My fel­low vet­er­ans can’t wait the many months it may take to is­sue its re­port. They need an­swers, ac­count­abil­ity and lead­er­ship from this ad­min­is­tra­tion and Congress now,” said Sen. John McCain, Ari­zona Repub­li­can.

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