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Award-Winning TFF 2014 Documentary About NSA Whistleblowers Gets Digital Release

Following its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, a UK theatrical release, and showings at dozens of international festivals, James Spione's latest, award-winning documentary Silenced is at long last available for screening on a variety of digital platforms (including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation, VUDU, and XBOX) for any and all interested viewers. And, by all means, you should be interested.

In 2013, John Kiriakou, an ex-CIA officer, was sentenced to thirty months in prison for allegedly leaking a covert operative's identity to a journalist, in violation of the Espionage Act of 1917, which only eleven Americans have been charged under. But is Kiriakou rightfully one of them, or is he actually just facing the consequences of a more treacherous form of authoritarian retaliation? What Spione unearths is something far darker on the part of the American government, as Kiriakou and two national security whistleblowers fight to reveal the practice of "enhanced interrogations" that has become the controversial cornerstone of the country's war on terror.

Spione, a 2011 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short for Incident in New Baghdad, has crafted a vital and never-more timely exposé on torture and surveillance in a post-9/11 landscape, as depicted through the harsh journeys of three courageous iconoclasts. Why a film so riveting and so relevant couldn't secure a theatrical release in the country of its origin is baffling, to say the least. But at least it's here now to be watched, studied, and shared by the viewing public that most needs it.

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