Oscar-winning director Laura Poitras shares an amusing conversation between Lady Gaga and Julian Assange.
The clip was shot during a sit-down between Gaga and Assange for Poitras’ new documentary “Risk”. Captured during an October 2012 trip to London, the “Bad Romance” singer met with the WikiLeaks founder, who’d taken up residence in the Ecuadorian embassy.
“Who is after you, Mr. Assange?” Gaga asks the infamous figure. “Formally, there are more than 12 United States intelligence organizations, investigative organizations… those include, most importantly, the FBI, the Department of Justice, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense and the subsets of the Department of Defense… ” Assange replies.
“So, it’s a series of institutions?” Gaga probes. “So, basically a whole bunch of f**ing people in America?”
Poitras also directed “Citizenfour” about the man behind the NSA spying scandal, Edward Snowden. She told The Daily Beast of the interaction between Gaga and Assange, “I love the scene for its humour, I love the scene for its insight, for how surreal it is, and what it reveals about both of them.”
“Risk” was screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and is set to be released in summer 2017.