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The Snowden Files

The Snowden Files

The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

Book - 2014
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"IT BEGAN WITH A TANTALIZING, ANONYMOUS EMAIL: "I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY." What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach ever, brought about by one extraordinary man. Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy. In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden's astonishing story--from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story--touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector--while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself. The result is a gripping insider narrative--and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age"--
"The story of Edward Snowden and his shocking surveillance revelations"--
Publisher: New York : Vintage, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
ISBN: 9780804173520
0804173524
Branch Call Number: 327.12 SNOWDEN
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 21 cm

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bookfan_4
Jan 10, 2019

everything about the snowden files and prism, pretty good book about whistleblowers

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jquick99
Sep 08, 2018

Highly recommend.
I’ve been “bad” at keeping up with all things politics for awhile. This book was so informative, and read like a thriller.

I also highly recommend the other book by this author.

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darriellebooks
Mar 13, 2018

Provocative in its desire to paint Snowden as a mere do-gooder with great intentions but a ruined life. I couldn’t put it down and it surpassed any spy novel I’ve ever read. Why there aren’t more whistleblowers is indicative of what we are discovering about the RCMP, Firefighter stations, the military, Hollywood and those in charge of the Catholic Church - a tendency to look the other way and carry on. We have to decide this - as portrayed in the book is Edward Snowden a hero or a traitor?

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StarGladiator
Jan 26, 2015

This is a pretty good book, although not nearly as informative as Glenn Greenwald's book, this type of book begs the question: Why only one Edward Snowden at Booz Allen Hamilton [owned by the Carlyle Group]? Why not hundreds? Are the rest traitorous Americans? But then, there was only one Julie Sirrs at the D.I.A., who warned of an impending 9/11 attack in 2000, and brought back the evidence of Unocal and CIA financing and arming of the Taliban and al Qaeda, and was forced out of the DIA - - and only one John Kiriakou at the CIA, and only one Jeffrey Sterling at the CIA, and only one Thomas Drake at the NSA, and only one Cate Jenkins at the EPA [although there was another lady whistleblower there, Dr. Jenkins has been a continuous thorn in their dishonorable side for 20 years or so]? Why only one or two at agencies with thousands upon thousands of employees? And only one Keysha Cooper at WaMu; one honest trader at Merrill Lynch, likewise fired for refusing to undertake illegal activities?

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