Snowden Documentarian Laura Poitras Has Endured Years Of Government Surveillance, Harassment, And She Doesn't Now If There's More To Come. Between July 2006 and April 2012, Poitras was “subjected to ‘Secondary Security Screening Selection,” detained and questioned at the United States border on every international flight she took.” When traveling from the U.S., when she was outside the U.S. traveling internationally, and even when she was traveling within the U.S., Poitras was “occasionally subjected to secondary security screening.” More than 50 times she was given this designation, which allowed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents to subject her to extra scrutiny.
A debate is raging about whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange committed a crime under United States law by publishing classified US government documents on the Internet. The case has led to calls for national secrecy laws to be tightened around the world. Some legal experts cite a need for revisions to international law in order to better protect confidential diplomatic communications in the age of the Internet.