By Luke Harding
IT all started WITH A TANTALIZING, nameless electronic mail: “I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.”
What used to be the main fabulous intelligence breach ever, led to by way of one outstanding guy. Edward Snowden was once a 29-year-old desktop genius operating for the nationwide safeguard organization while he surprised the realm via exposing the near-universal mass surveillance courses of the USA executive. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of countries all over the world, and generated a passionate public debate at the hazards of world tracking and the risk to person privacy.
In a travel de strength of investigative journalism that reads like a undercover agent novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s spectacular story—from the day he left his glamorous female friend in Honolulu sporting a difficult force filled with secrets and techniques, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his conflict for asylum and his exile in Moscow. For the 1st time, Harding brings jointly the various assets and strands of the story—touching on every little thing from issues approximately household spying to the complicity of the tech sector—while additionally putting us within the room with Edward Snowden himself. the result's a gripping insider narrative—and an important and well timed account of what's at stake for we all within the new electronic age.
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