Greenwald hopes the film will serve as a rallying call to increase pressure on the Obama administration’s policies around transparency. As Politico reported last week, the government’s whistleblower protection policies are divisive even within the administration and have come under legal scrutiny.

Last year the president issued a directive extending protections to national security and intelligence workers who blow the whistle internally — they aren’t covered under the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act — but critics note that it leaves those who talk to the press out in the cold.

“To the degree that lawyers in the Obama administration and the Bush administration, and lawyers in private contractors, are trying to silence those whistleblowers and threaten journalists, that’s not pleasant but it’s a real testament to their power,” Greenwald said.

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Susan Armitage is a freelance reporter in New York City working on a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism