Shailene Woodley: Edward Snowden Is “A Hero”
Shailene Woodley called Edward Snowden a “hero” while promoting Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic Snowden about the 31-year-old whistleblower. In the movie, Woodley plays Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills. As Gossip Cop reported, after leaking classified National Security Agency documents to the media and facing espionage charges in the U.S., Snowden fled the country and has been living in Moscow since 2013.
Woodley went on to say she thinks Snowden should be praised for his courage. “I define a hero as somebody, who against the judgment of other people, if they believe something will positively impact the world and they choose to do it and honor their integrity that’s what I sort of consider a hero, no matter how big or small a feat they create,” she told E! News. “And in that light, absolutely I think that Edward Snowden is a hero.”
The actress, who has never spoken to Mills or Snowden, would like to. “You are the epitome of the word selfless,” Woodley continued about Snowden. “You did something knowing you wouldn’t be able to come home, knowing that your country would have very mixed feelings and yet your integrity on what you believe was right or wrong or should be public knowledge was more important to you than almost your own comfortability and the life that you had lived for so long.”
Woodley added, “So I would like to say thank you to him.” What do you think about Woodley’s comments on Snowden?