The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man

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By (author) Luke Harding

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  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Format: Paperback | 346 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0804173524
  • ISBN 13: 9780804173520
  • Sales rank: 24,334

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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.

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Author information

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the "Guardian." He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has also covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of "Mafia State" and co-author of "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" (2011) and "The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken" (1997), nominated for the Orwell Prize. The film rights to "WikiLeaks" were sold to Dreamworks and the film, "The Fifth Estate," came out in 2013. His books have been translated into 13 languages. Luke lives in England with his wife and their two children.

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"The saga of Edward J. Snowden, the man whose leaked documents revealed the Orwellian dimensions of the National Security Agency, reads like a le Carre novel crossed with something by Kafka. . . . Mr. Harding has spun all this material into a fast-paced, almost novelistic narrative that is part bildungsroman and part cinematic thriller, intercut with more Orwellian chapters about operations (with "Man From U.N.C.L.E."-like names including PRISM, TEMPORA, STELLAR WIND, MUSCULAR, BULLRUN, EDGEHILL) run by the N.S.A. or GCHQ. . . . [The book] gives readers, who have not been following the Snowden story closely, a succinct overview of the momentous events of the past year. . . . Leave[s] readers with an acute understanding of the serious issues involved: the N.S.A.'s surveillance activities and voluminous collection of data, and the consequences that this sifting of bigger and bigger haystacks for tiny needles has had on the public and its right to privacy." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"