Screening: Silenced + Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with retired NSA executive Thomas Andrew Drake, and former DOJ Ethics Advisor Jesselyn Raddack.
What happened to the man who exposed the CIA’s use of waterboarding? And what are the consequences of making public illegal intelligence gathering techniques by the US government? In this revealing documentary, three prominent whistleblowers explain the radical changes that occurred following 9/11.
John Kiriakou (former CIA), Thomas Drake (former NSA) and Jesselyn Radack (lawyer and former ethics consultant to the American Department of Justice) talk candidly to filmmaker James Spione about their leaks: how they made public the illegal criminal practices of their own government and faced a choice between career and conscience that put their very lives at risk.
Following their revelations they were fired, isolated, cast into a financial abyss and even tried and incarcerated. The stories of these whistleblowers are told through interviews, excerpts from media appearances, official documents and re-enacted scenes. Spione’s film shows how the world view of this courageous trio changed forever. In the words of John Kiriakou, “I’m not sure anymore who the good guys are.”
Directed by James Spione