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Published January 11, 2019 by Tom Porter

Bowdoin Grad Turns FBI Interrogation into Stage Play

网上体育投注官网New York-based theater director Tina Satter ’96 has based her latest production on the real-life interrogation of a former Air Force linguist and intelligence contractor now behind bars for espionage-related charges. 

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Tina Satter '96 meets with Bowdoin theater students after performance of her play in New York City. Photo: Davis Robinson.

网上体育投注官网Satter came across the official FBI transcript of the interrogation while browsing the Internet, she told the New York Times. After reading the document, she had one thought: “This is a play. This is a thriller.”

网上体育投注官网The result is the play “,” playing at theater in Manhattan until Sunday January 13, 2019. The production’s central character, the curiously named Reality Winner, was arrested in June 2017, when federal agents raided her home and interrogated her, often in a surprisingly friendly manner, noted Satter.

网上体育投注官网Winner, who speaks several Afghan languages and had US Department of State Top Secret security clearance, was charged under the Espionage Act and the following year pleaded guilty to leaking to the media a classified document about Russian hacking in the US presidential elections. She is now serving a five-year sentence in a federal prison.

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