First Look Media, the parent company of the Intercept, announced it will shut access to the archive of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to cut costs as it plans to layoff 4 percent of staff. The news was met with outrage from high ranking staff member and filmmaker Laura Poitras, who went to Hong Kong to meet Snowden in 2013, just before the first revelations from his trove of National Security Agency documents were published. She said she was "sickened" by the decision to "eliminate the research team, which has been the beating heart of the newsroom since First Look Media was founded," and slammed the company for making the decision without consulting her or other board members. Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill joined First Look Media at its founding, launching the Intercept in 2014 as a place to "aggressively report" on the Snowden documents. The company employed a research team to work on the huge trove of documents provided by Snowden.
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