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Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down.
In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American
He was never meant to stay in Russia, but his passport was cancelled while he was in mid-flight. The final destination was Ecuador. (less)
The founding fathers are smiling down from Heaven....and at the same time are staring in disbelief and disappointment at the false patriotism of the ignorant who condemn this man for his sacrifice.
I began reading this book with a decent amount of skepticism. Is Edward Snowden a hero or a criminal? Could I believe him? I was bothered by the fact that he lives in Russia; is he a hero or a traitor? What is he doing in Russia rather than living in exile in another country?
DNS over HTTPS (DoH): "Permanent Record" by Edward Snowden
The minute some politico starts banging on about that we need to restrict something because we need to "protect the children" you can be absolutely sure that they mean to prevent the people having the same access to information as they do. Or they have been caught with their trousers down. And I am not talking about defence related stuff categorised as Top Secret. It is doubly ...more
For any of you who don't know his name, you'll find a thousand accounts that turn him into a hero and a thousand that turn him into a traitor. I totally recommend reading his own words. He was always careful and thoughtful and did what he did for what he thought was the very best of reasons.
By any stretch of reality, he ...more
They own your every secret, your life is in their files
The grains of your every waking second sifted through and scrutinized
They know your every right. They know your every wrong
Each put in their due compartment - sins where sins belong
They know you. They see all. They know all indiscretions
Compiler of your dreams, your indignations
Following your every single move
"The freedom of a country can only be measured by its respect for the rights of its citizens ... Ultimately, saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different from saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say." ...more
The fact is there are those who are going to love or hate ...more
Late October 2019: Recode Decode podcast interview with Edward Snowden (thanks to Michael Perkins for the heads up https://www.goodreads.com/author/show... )
October 2019: Ghost in the Machine: How Edward Snowden found his conscience
September 2019: Trevor Noah (The Daily Show) interviewed Edward Snowden
From 2016, 'State of Surveillance' with Edward ...more
Divided into three parts, the book narrates Snowden's story to the readers. He has been direct and amusing at times and symbolic as well, less frequently, nevertheless. Part one has been pulled a little longer than it could ideally be. The second part introduces ...more
People like him give me hope, but they also show that the liberties we currently have are very much being taken for granted. Democracy, free speech, privacy were not just hard earned through countless deaths, but require constant struggle for ...more
No one wants to bear the weight of an ugly truth that must be told to great personal sacrifice. Snowden's "desperate hope that somebody else somewhere else would figure it out on their own" is heartbreaking to read, as you imagine yourself in his shoes.
This novel definitely falls into the glad-I-read-it-but-now-my-stomach-really-hurts category.
"When your equipment works, you'll work, but when your equipment breaks down you'll break down, too. Your possessions would possess you."
Six years ago, Edward Snowden revealed that the US-government was secretly collecting ...more
He explains that telling his life story, his family ...more
This biography is a very interesting look at his life and everything that brought him ...more
So for Snowden, it’s never been about the money—it’s always been ...more
The chapters about Snowden's childhood are rather pointless (should really have been skipped) but everything after he enters the army and then starts working for the government is fantastic.
Edward Snowden is a better thinker than a writer and it is when he starts discussing the implication of mass surveillance and what it can lead to that the book really delivers. An important book from one of our greatest heroes.
Snowden reportedly stole over a million classified documents, of which an unknown percent have been distributed to an unknown number of parties, and about 10,000 have been publicly published. He claims in the book that he can no longer reconstruct the documents, that he didn't give any to the Russians, and that he's a ...more
When he was at school, one of the assignments that gave Edward Snowden particular difficulty was writing anything (say, an essay) that focused on himself. It wasn't so much that self-exploration didn't appeal to him as much as it daunted him. His focus was outward, not inward. ...more
This book covers more of his upbringing and what brought him to the point where he blew the whistle on ...more
The first several chapters describe Snowden's childhood and the early part of his career before he joined the intelligence community. The anecdotes about life as a child in the 1990s may be interesting for people who did not grow up during that time period, but as somebody who did, I did not find them revealing. That part that was revealing was Snowden's ...more