Mon, Jul 29, 2013 7:09 AM EDT 1:18
A short YouTube film some bill as the first movie about the National Security Agency leaker, Edward Snowden is a source of pride for the friends who made it. The film was shot in single takes with amateur actors, hobbyist directors and about $650. They say they have plans to take "Verax" to film festivals and have been open about shooting a sequel. Attorney General Eric Holder has assured the Russian government that the U.S. has no plans to seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden. In a letter dated July 23rd, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden now faces in this country do not carry the death penalty and the U.S. will not seek his execution even if he is charged with additional serious crimes. Weighing in on a debate that could influence September's federal election, Germany's president Joachim Gauck said whistleblowers like U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden deserved respect for defending freedom. Gauck words struck a very different tone from that of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has assured Washington that Berlin would not shelter Snowden.