The Spy Whisperer

Who is Keyser Soze? … Nobody believed he was real … That was his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. And like that, poof. He’s gone. — The Usual Suspects

You’ve probably never heard of documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. She’s kept a low profile. But she’s the person who might be most responsible for getting secrets from Edward Snowden’s mind to the front page. As you’d expect, the story of Poitras and Snowden reads like a spy novel. In Hong Kong, Poitras looked for a man with a Rubik’s cube. When they moved into a hotel room, they placed their cell phone batteries in a refrigerator and lined pillows against the door. Here’s Glenn Greenwald, the journalist most associated with the story, describing Poitras: “I keep calling her the Keyser Soze of the story, because she’s at once completely invisible and yet ubiquitous.” From the NYT Magazine: How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets.

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