Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2012 file photo originally provided by the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Laura Poitras, a documentary filmmaker and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation genius grants, is shown in Berlin. Poitras' role as the first point-person for disclosures about U.S. surveillance programs has drawn attention to the independent filmmaker who, abruptly, has pushed documentaries deeper into the realm of journalistic immediacy. For peers and backers of Poitras, the 2012 recipient of a $500,000 "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation, it's unsurprising that she has seized a story worth telling. However, her crucial involvement with a confidential source and two newspapers breaking elements of the same big exclusive is extraordinary. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Sean Gallup)

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