Don’t count Oliver Stone as one of those who believes that Russia is behind the Democratic National Committee email hacking scandal; he has a much juicer theory. During an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday, the Snowden director was asked if he thought it was feasible that Russian hackers may have tapped into the DNC email database in an attempt to influence the presidential election. The otherwise innocuous question unexpectedly garnered quite an unexpected response:
“I think it’s a great fiction. I think it serves a purpose to disguise what’s really going on. The intelligence experts that I’ve talked to have indicated to me that it’s an inside job.” Stone told Amanpour. When pressed on what exactly an “inside job” meant, Stone stated his sources told him the source of the hack was most likely “Democrats or someone who has worked at the committee.”
The revelation came during an interview in which Stone was promoting his new biopic of Edward Snowden that releases in theaters this Friday, September 16. The film is making news as Snowden himself is asking President Obama to pardon him of all crimes related to his 2013 NSA leak before he leaves office this January.
Stone has stated numerous times on his publicity trail that he believes Snowden does, in fact, deserve the pardon because he did a great service for American people who were unwittingly having their privacy invaded by the government. Snowden’s NSA leak revealed the scope of surveillance on American citizens post 9/11, and led to many law changes meant to better protect Americans’ privacy.
Snowden currently resides in Moscow and has not set foot on U.S. soil since 2013.
(Via The Daily Beast)