Laura Poitras, 49, had the odd distinction of sharing a byline in The Washington Post and in London’s Guardian newspaper last week on two blockbuster stories. The first, in The Post,revealed a secret NSA program called PRISM that used data from some of the Internet’s biggest firms. The second, in the Guardian, was a video interview with the source of the information, a former NSA operative from Maryland .
” Poitras has faced from government officials whenever she returned to the United States from reporting abroad. He praised her at the time, writing, “Poitras produces some of the best, bravest and most important filmmaking and journalism of the past decade, often exposing truths that are adverse to U.S. government policy, concerning the most sensitive and consequential matters. . . .”