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Snowden movie quotes provide the dialogue for the film about the life of Edward Snowden, who, in 2013, leaked classified information from the NSA. The biographical thriller was directed by Oliver Stone using a screenplay he and Kieran Fitzgerald adapted from two books, The Snowden Files by Luke Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena. After screening at Comic-Con, Snowden opened in theaters in the United States on September 16, 2016.

In Snowden, the life of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is featured, including his time in the Army, where he was forced to accept a discharge after breaking his legs. Feeling an urge to serve his country, Snowden took positions in information security, including at the CIA and NSA. He was quite successful in those positions and quickly trusted to handle more and more sensitive material.

So in 2013, when Snowden learned that the NSA was operating a massive surveillance program which collected data personal data on nearly everyone in the world. Knowing the consequences, including leaving love interest Lindsay (Shailene Woodley), Snowden copied this classified information and shared it with the press, including The Guardian. Those events set off a chain that would change his life, the life of those at The Guardian, and everyone around the world forever.

Snowden movie quotes feature lines from the ensemble cast which also includes Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood and Nicholas Cage. Snowden was just one of several highly anticipated summer 2016 films alongside others like Blair Witch, Bridget Jones's Baby, The Wild Life, and The Disappointments Room.

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    Most Americans Don't Want Freedom. They Want Security.

    Video: YouTube

    Edward Snowden: The NSA is really tracking every cell phone in the world. 
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    NSA Dep. Director Lowell: Most Americans don't want freedom. They want security. 
    Edward Snowden: Except people, they don't even know they've made that bargain.

    In speaking to the NSA Deputy Director Lowell, Edward Snowden argues that people are unaware that they are being tracked, and thus wouldn't approve of this level of "security." It's this disagreement with the program that perhaps led to Snowden leaking this information to the press.

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    I'm Done, Sir

    Video: YouTube

    Corbin O’Brian: We're going to start with an aptitude test. Each of you is going to build a covert communications network in your home city. You're going to deploy it, back up your site. You're going to destroy it and restore it again. The point of this exercise is to keep your infrastructure up and running securely. The average test time is five hours. If you take more than eight, you will fail.
    Edward Snowden: Mr. O'Brian, I'm done, sir.
    Corbin O’Brian: You don't have to tell me when you've completed a stage. 
    Edward Snowden: No, I finished the whole thing. 
    Corbin O’Brian: It's been 40 minutes.
    Edward Snowden: 38 
    Corbin O’Brian: What?
    Edward Snowden: 38 minutes... What should I do now?
    Corbin O’Brian: Whatever you want 

    Just how different and skilled Edward Snowden is compared to his peers is illustrated in this Snowden movie quote. In a test that typically takes five hours, Snowden completes it in under 40 minutes.

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    I'd Like to Help My Country

    Video: YouTube

    Corbin O’Brian: You wanted to be special forces.
    Edward Snowden: Yes, sir
    Corbin O’Brian: Why do you want to join the CIA?
    Edward Snowden: I'd like to help my country make a difference in the world. 

    Edward Snowden is interviewed by Corbin O’Brian, who digs into why Snowden wants to join the CIA. While Snowden's answer is probably a common one for this question, it's truly what he wants with his life.

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    Plenty of Other Ways to Serve Your Country

    Doctor: Best I can tell, you been walking around on two broken legs for weeks. 
    Edward Snowden: When do I go back?
    Doctor: You ever again land on those legs again, those bones will turn to powder. There's plenty of other ways to serve your country.

    After Edward Snowden is injured in the Army, he learns that his bones lack the strength to continue his military service. But as the doctor mentions in this Snowden movie quote, there are many other ways he can be of service to his country.

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