The Snowden Files : The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man
Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America's National Security Agency, blew the whistle on the way this frighteningly powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The consequences have shaken the leaders of nations worldwide. This is the inside story of Snowden's deeds and the journalists who faced down pressure from the US and UK governments to break a remarkable scoop. From the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Hawaii, carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of secret-spilling in Hong Kong and his battle for asylum, Snowden's story reads like a globe-trotting thriller.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 130 x 200 x 20mm | 305g
- 01 Sep 2016
- Guardian Faber Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
- w. ills.
About Luke Harding
Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. He is the author of The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitkin, nominated for the Orwell Prize, Wikileaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, both written with David Leigh, and Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia. Luke Harding lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and their two children.
The saga of Edward J. Snowden, the man whose leaked documents revealed the Orwellian dimensions of the National Security Agency, reads like a le Carré novel crossed with something by Kafka - at least it does in Luke Harding's new book, The Snowden Files ... But the book still gives readers, who have not been following the Snowden story closely, a succinct overview of the momentous events of the past year. And if it leans toward dramatizing everything in thrillerlike terms, the book also manages to leave 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 New York Times