Oliver Stone would give Edward Snowden asylum if he were a country

"I wish I could be a country," he said.

By Prachi Gupta
Published July 3, 2013 6:31PM (EDT)

If Oliver Stone were a country, he would grant NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum. "I wish I could be a country," he said to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Untold History of the United States" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" director expressed disappointment that so many leaders have turned Snowden, who exposed the U.S.'s expansive government surveillance program, away:

"I'm disappointed by Europe’s reaction, considering they are among the targets for the eavesdropping,” he said.

The director recalled the 1950s and 1960s, when an earlier generation of leaders like Indian prime minister Jawahartal Nehru, Ghanian president Kwame Nkrumah and French president Charles De Gaulle were more “neutral” about U.S foreign policy, and did not hesitate to voice criticism.

"That kind of independence has been lost in Europe,” Stone complained.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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