The Snowden Files

The Snowden Files

The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780804173520
Branch Call Number: 327.1273 H219
HV6773.2 .H37 2014
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 21 cm


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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?

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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