Laura Poitras, the director of the Academy Award winning documentary Citizenfour chronicling government leaker Edward Snowden, is suing the Obama administration for overbearing surveillance and keeping secret documents about her career.

Poitras has been detained at the border multiple times over the course of six years, where she was questioned and searched. She has had her camera and laptop copied by US authorities, and her frequent requests to see the documents pertaining to her under the Freedom of Information act have been ignored.

Poitras has said in a recent statement, “I’m filing this lawsuit because the government uses the U.S. border to bypass the rule of law. This simply should not be tolerated in a democracy. We have a right to know how this system works and why we are targeted.”

She has been closely linked with Snowden and her films have constantly criticized the US government. The EFF, or Electronic Frontier Foundation is set to represent her case.

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