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

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

Now a major motion picture, directed by Oliver Stone and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804173520
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 186,964
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

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 Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
siouxscout More than 1 year ago
Having an IT job its hard not to know about Snowden which is why I wanted to read about how the leak happen and the players involved but the book deviates a bit too much in just discribing the enviroment or whatever country they're in at the time. Soo much so it took me probably twice as long to read then if it would have been only about Snowden, the guadian, etc. Worth knowing about the leak and what the goverment is really doing.
LLFL More than 1 year ago
The revelations contained in this book should not come as a shock to anyone who is a student of government. If there is one truth to be learned from the Snowden files, it is that lying and spying are nothing new to our government. If the technology is there, you can bet it will be used, whether the law forbids it or not. Snowden is vilified by our government leaders because he dared to release information about the length and depth of spying on innocent citizens and foreign allies,rampant surveillance that undermines our precious civil rights. That the condemnation comes from both Republicans and Democrats should in and of itself send a chilling message. What is so vitally needed in today's high tech world is an enlightened, educated electorate that will organize in opposition to this form of spying, and to assure that surveillance truly targets the enemy, and not every person who owns a computer, mobile phone, or other electronic device. Unfortunately, at a time where our educational system is in a dumb-down mode, it will take extraordinary vigilance to both educate and inform. There are those who thrive by working in the shadows; what is needed is to make certain that there is oversight constantly monitoring government actions, and transparency in their performance. I commend this book to all who value our precious civil liberties. This book reads like a fictional spy novel, proving yet again that truth is stranger than fiction.
MJS98 More than 1 year ago
Reads like a novel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read...for those who believe we don't live in a 21st century police state.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All over the place -im not even sure how this book made it through the editing phase. Its almost like the author just pieced together google excerpts and just threw it into this book. Very unhappy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For me this is the most interesting book of the decade. I am one of those who want to know the truth on what is going on around me. Governments all over the world are lying. They are bent on total control, abusing their citizens. Almost all TV and newspapers are secretly censored to keep people "safe" from the facts. It is state terrorism that is the real threat today. Luke Harding is a courageous and brilliant journalist. He has done amazing, comprehensive research. Reading his book has changed my consciousness. I am now walking in the real world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anybody who thinks the other goverment isn't spying on there own country can just shoot the self n the foot. America need to know who and what is doing what on the internet. Not eveybody is so damn innocence. This Edward Snowden needs to give up before more damage is done to our country. But this is America, and you don't see the U.S. centsoring his leak or blocking anything. So our country is working for us. I just wish people can see how this guy really is making us look like joke of the world. And no I didn't read this book.