Editor’s note: The following video is a clip from a 19-part series filmed at a Truthdig and KPFK co-sponsored event in Los Angeles recently. The discussion features Oliver Stone, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter and director, and Robert Scheer, Truthdig’s editor in chief. The two talk about “The Putin Interviews,” a new Showtime series by Stone, as well as the published transcript, for which Scheer wrote the foreword. We are publishing one video per day. This is the 16th installment.

In the clip above, Oliver Stone talks about WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange and whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as the filmmaker’s struggle to get the movie “Snowden” financed in the United States.

On Thursday, watch the next clip in the series, in which Stone outlines what he considers the “biggest issue” the U.S. faces in the coming years.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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