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I had learnt a great deal about Snowden through this book. Excellent book, this is James Bond story which is actually true. Must read. Apr 25, Mat rated it really liked it. Luke Harding's The Snowden Files is a well-constructed overview of the biggest intelligence leak in history - but it is not without its flaws. The Guardian journalist tells a detailed story of Edward Snowden - from his childhood in a military, Republican family, his short education and brief, failed army career, to his meteoric rise through the intelligence services that eventually enabled him to turn whistleblower.
It's an intriguing tale. Far from being a left-wing radical, Snowden is a staunch Luke Harding's The Snowden Files is a well-constructed overview of the biggest intelligence leak in history - but it is not without its flaws. Far from being a left-wing radical, Snowden is a staunch supporter of libertarian politician Ron Paul, "whose views are well to the right of many Republicans", as Harding puts it. Snowden acted out of a sense of patriotic duty to the US constitution and his outrage at it being repeatedly violated by a government in love with its technological advantage over other nations.
Harding's book is a real page-turner and he tells the story from many angles - but a glaringly absent voice is that of Snowden. Readers may get the feeling that - as with Harding's previous book on WikiLeaks' Julian Assange - he has rushed the book out to beat the protagonist to the chase. Harding seems unable to help himself from making repeated digs at Assange along the way. The most unforgivable is his criticism that Assange is reckless because "six months after the first stories appeared based on US diplomatic cables, Julian Assange released the entire un-redacted cache of documents".
Harding fails to mention that Assange released the cache only because the encryption key had been published without his approval - in Harding's book. Readers may also balk at Harding's use of pejorative adjectives, so typical of the corporate media. Similarly, Bolivia's president Evo Morales is "an indigenous Indian, who had struggled to read his inauguration speech". There are also moments of corporate media pretension and smugness that may turn the stomach. Harding notes that the New York Times's cafeteria "hums" with "intelligent chatter".
Rusbridger decided he might as well still go, despite all the dramas. He boarded the Eurostar train bound for Bordeaux. At first it was hard to concentrate on music. Soon, however, he immersed himself completely in Debussy. All this does not mean Harding's book should be avoided. It is well-researched, well-written and he makes plenty of salient points. By inserting deliberate weaknesses into encryption systems, the agency has made those systems exploitable.
Not just by government agencies, who may be acting with good intentions, but by anybody who can get hold of encryption keys — such as hackers or hostile intelligence agencies. Paradoxically, in its quest to make Americans more secure, the NSA has made American communications less secure; it has undermined the safety of the entire internet.
After all, Harding quotes the documentary maker who Snowden first contacted, Laura Poitras, as saying the whistleblower is "an amazing writer". Most depressing, however, is that for all Snowden's sacrifice and The Guardian's undoubtedly hard work, little will probably change. A well-used sales technique is to give customers a false, high price for a product and then sell it to them at the "reduced" price, so they don't feel so bad about departing with their money.
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Because Snowden's leak has revealed so much detail, the effect may be that when it comes to surveillance, people are no longer shockable - and don't feel so bad about departing with their secrets. Tellingly, Harding notes that after the outrage over German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone being hacked, "French reaction was milder than in Germany" when it was revealed France's leader had also been hacked.
The intelligence services will undoubtedly go on breaking any new laws that are introduced. Harding says Snowden, now in exile in Russia, still trusts encryption. But others may follow the lead of Indian and Russian diplomats, who are not so sure. Struggling to come up with any alternative, they have started using typewriters and holding conversations while strolling outdoors. The bitterest irony is that such practices will make them even less accountable. Here are some memorable quotes The zombies were the public, unaware that the iPhone offered the spy agency new snooping capabilities beyond the imagination of the original Big Brother.
The NSA can hoover up photos and voicemail. Particularly useful is geo-data, which locates where a target has been and when. The agency collects billions of records a day showing the location of mobile phone users across the world. In other words, the agency is notified each time a target sends an email, writes a text, begins a chat, or even fires up their computer.
In only a small fraction of international internet traffic went via non-US routes. At the same time, these firms vie for government contracts, hire ex-Washington staff for the inside track and spend millions lobbying for legislation in their favour. These corporate slogans now seemed to rebound upon their originators with mocking laughter. But in October it emerged there was indeed a back door — just one that the companies involved knew nothing about. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.
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We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be. In an average month it collects around half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages. On a normal day this includes 20 million telephone calls and 10 million internet exchanges.
On Christmas Eve it collected about 13 million phone calls, the magazine reported. Sometimes the figures are higher. At least that was the idea. An NSA memo from , published by the Guardian, showed it was bugging at least 35 world leaders. One eager official came up with numbers, including the 35 world leaders. Ironically enough, Merkel picked up the phone, called Obama and asked him what the hell was going on. The publication of secret US diplomatic cables from around the world in late did have consequences.
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A handful of US ambassadors were forced to depart; others shifted posts; the cables fed into the Arab Spring, crystallising popular resentment against corrupt regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Not all of the consequences were negative. Paradoxically, the reputation of the US foreign service went up. American diplomats, broadly speaking, emerged as intelligent, principled and hard-working. A few had genuine literary talent. Instead, the debate in Australia was a depressing echo of the one in Britain, with some politicians and Murdoch-owned newspapers attacking the media that broke the story.
David Cameron found himself the target of veiled criticism. European parliamentarians voted for tough new rules on data privacy Perhaps the most unexpected corollary of the Snowden affair was the return of the typewriter. After discovering that the NSA bugged its diplomats, the Indian government turned to old technology. From the summer of the Indian High Commission in London began using typewriters again. Nothing top secret was stored in electronic form, high commissioner Jaimini Bhagwati told the Times of India. The magazine quoted former intelligence officials who said morale inside the NSA was low.
If governments, officials and spy chiefs wanted to kick newspapers, that was their prerogative [said Alan Rusbridger]. But they should consider what the next leaker might do in the absence of professional journalist outlets. He or she might just dump everything out on the uncensorable worldwide web. In practice this was a joke, Snowden told [journalist Glenn] Greenwald: it was already hoovering up metadata from millions of Americans. Phone records, email headers, subject lines, seized without acknowledgement or consent. Oct 15, Dahlia rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction.
The beginning of the Snowden Files by Luke Harding is quite promising. You have a feeling like you're reading a spy novel. The story begins with Snowden having a somewhat normal life, working for the NSA and living in Hawaii with his girlfriend. But, as we all know, one day Snowden disappears with hundreds of top secret files and the hunt begins.
This was the most interesting part of the book fo The beginning of the Snowden Files by Luke Harding is quite promising. This was the most interesting part of the book for me. I couldn't believe how dangerous it is to be a journalist or how important it is to have an independent newspaper.. The story about the events which occurred before the Guardian's publication of Snowden's files are unbelievable.
However, once the gripping story of the journalists ends, there is a lot of information about the files; there are code names, numbers, short summaries and names. There are a lot of names. The author doesn't forget a single one and everyone has something bad to say about the whistle-blower.
The middle of the book is filled with names and dates and whatnot and the story about Snowden just fades into background. I think there's not a single page where he's mentioned. Certain historical events are used as introductions to surveillance programmes. The chapters are well-organised, but I found them boring. A lot of people were mentioned I didn't care about. The last fifty pages were boring. I had to skim through them to reach the epilogue. Finally, something about Snowden's life in Russia and the consequences of his actions. What have I learned while reading this? Well, I don't understand why people were shocked to hear the US government was collecting internet communications from at least nine major US internet companies and that it was keeping telephone and e-mail records of the US citizens.
If you didn't know that, it was because you didn't want to see. See no evil, speak no evil Has something changed? Was Snowden's sacrifice for nothing? The epilogue clearly shows that not much has changed. Big Brother is still watching us. Sep 14, Bria rated it did not like it. Let's put aside the debate whether Snowden was right or wrong to release thousands of classified government documents and focus on what the outcome of this was.
To me, the outcome or reason for releasing the documents is the real issue here.
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Imagine you are in an airport, would you say the word "bomb"? Imagine you are on Google in your private home on your private internet, would you search "how to make a pipe bomb? Probably not. And why? Because you are aw Let's put aside the debate whether Snowden was right or wrong to release thousands of classified government documents and focus on what the outcome of this was. Because you are aware the government monitors you.
You have learned this through friends, through TV and through the media. Did you know this before and Snowden? Of course. Snowden's entire reasoning for whistleblowing was 1 The public needed to know what these documents contained and 2 That this would promote change across the globe. Firstly, the American media and media across the globe had been reporting on this very same illegal spy activity since Harding gives many examples of articles and whistleblowers who all said the same things as Snowden and who came before him.
Yes, Snowden brought more evidence and examples of this surveillance, but this wasn't really a new idea.
I find it incredibly surprising that people, for example Snowden, thought the government didn't monitor the internet or phone lines. The minute the Patriot Act was signed and the government gave itself permission to spy and detain you whenever, this should have been a forgone conclusion. Companies spy on you before an interview, so do colleges before they give you an acceptance. We all spy on each other's Facebook pages. So why is this news? Answer, it isn't. What would be news if the million phone calls the NSA gets from America and multiple other countries per day resulted in people being imprisoned, tortured and killed without reason.
That would be scary. That would be a worthwhile reason to blow the whistle. Just telling people "Hey the government stores your emails along with literally millions of other emails that they can't sort through" is a pretty pathetic reason to become a whistleblower. Snowden didn't save any lives or uncover government labor camps or find mass graves or torture chambers. Those are what I would expect in a media story that is being compared to Big Brother, etc. Harding even mentions them in this book. This only difference here was, Snowden was tattling on the US not these other countries.
Secondly, Snowden's actions did not change anything. If anything, the NSA is being offered more money. Harding talks about how the budget for the NSA has increased. So if Snowden didn't promote change, didn't save anyone and didn't help the American public, why did he even blow this whistle? The answer, his own ideology. He believed that he should. That it was the right thing to do.
So we can argue all day long on if this was 'right', but at the end of the day it wasn't to help people, it was to promote Snowden's libertarian and political goals. I am giving this book this poor rating because the writing was just awful. It jumped around so much sometimes in the same paragraph that it was hard to follow. The blatant adoration of Snowden was also little to strong. If you are interested in this topic, this really isn't an informational, unbiased read. But if you already know something about this topic and are interested in the pro-Snowden side, this is a good read.
I've been wanting to read this for some time , This is a story of uncovered truths, Personally I feel that Edward Snowden did the right thing, The abnormality of his discoveries and his resolve to tell the world was fascinating, but also horrifying. This was a really interesting book, Edward Snowdon gave up everything - his country, home and family so the world would know the truth about the subversive nature of information gathering. He wanted change and accountability and wouldn't be silenced. He wanted us to think about what information is gathered and how there is no privacy anymore.
The story of Edward Snowden and internet laws continues. By now everyone will have heard the latest, and if not do so now because it concerns you. Fear factor. What is it and how is it? A lot of people subscribe humans fears as: the unknown, invisible threats and what is beyond our control. Now many of us know of the invisible threats, quite a few of us as children were afraid of the dark and monsters under the bed. Racism is fear of the unknown. You don't really know that person or what it's lik The story of Edward Snowden and internet laws continues.
You don't really know that person or what it's like to be them and you're afraid that you'll be mugged or attacked in some other way, two fears, the unknown and the invisible. Currently people have to decide what is more important. They're privacy, their human rights or the vague possibility that some group of people somewhere, some day might or might not come and attack you. So do you A keep all your rights and privacy knowing there is nothing to fear and there is no invisible force going to get you or B surrender a lot of your rights and privacy on some off hand chance something will happen?
Human fears are easily played. If a person is led to believe there are bogeymen around every corner and are told about it, pictures thrown at them on a constant barrage then the person is likely to believe there are bogeymen around every corner, though the reality speaks otherwise, by going around every corner and seeing there is no bogeymen nor any threat of bogeymen there is still that seed of doubt planted. Not now but any minute a bogeyman might appear or later today or tomorrow or next week! That is the unknown and that is something beyond that person's control.
To avoid this possibility then you better surrender many of your rights for security purposes. Certain groups will therefore have to read your emails, your messages, record all your movements on cameras and listen in to your conversations. More so if you happen to phone overseas. In this modern age it's a fine line to claim "privacy" on the internet when a lot of what you post or do you're pretty much involving strangers into your activities.
Unless you don't blog and only post things on something like Facebook strictly to family and friends you know and don't use Twitter. So people have to define what's a "public" persona and what's a "private" and how to tell the difference and make others aware of that difference.
Now with a title like this you would think this is straight out of a spy book and it couldn't really be reality. Indeed there is the odd time when the author writes a little too sensationally, however, that is his job. From my perspective I think the populations of countries should be more involved with internet usage, it shouldn't be left to the politicians to decide for people completely what is for our safety and what's not.
Of course you can write to your local member of parliament and so on what you want to be represented. Bombarding with emails, phone calls and petitions are all noble ways of dealing with issues and occasionally there has been a reaction. In vital matters I would say that the people have to be more involved and have a public inquiry.