Dark Mirror

Dark Mirror

Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State

eBook - 2020
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From the three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Angler, who unearthed the deepest secrets of Edward Snowden's NSA archive, the first master narrative of the surveillance state that emerged after 9/11 and why it matters, based on scores of hours of conversation with Snowden and groundbreaking reportage in Washington, London, Moscow and Silicon Valley Edward Snowden chose three journalists to tell the stories in his Top Secret trove of NSA documents: Barton Gellman of The Washington Post, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian and filmmaker Laura Poitras, all of whom would share the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Poitras went on to direct the Oscar-winning Citizen Four. Greenwald wrote an instant memoir and cast himself as a pugilist on Snowden's behalf. Barton Gellman took his own path. Snowden and his documents were the beginning, not the end, of a story he had prepared his whole life to tell. More than 20 years as a top investigative journalist armed him with deep sources in national security and high technology. New sources reached out from government and industry, making contact on the same kinds of secret, anonymous channels that Snowden used. Gellman's old reporting notes unlocked new puzzles in the NSA archive. Long days and evenings with Snowden in Moscow revealed a complex character who fit none of the stock images imposed on him by others. Gellman now brings his unique access and storytelling gifts to a true-life spy tale that touches us all. Snowden captured the public imagination but left millions of people unsure what to think. Who is the man, really? How did he beat the world's most advanced surveillance agency at its own game? Is government and corporate spying as bad as he says? Dark Mirror is the master narrative we have waited for, told with authority and an inside view of extraordinary events. Within it is a personal account of the obstacles facing the author, beginning with Gellman's discovery of his own name in the NSA document trove. Google notifies him that a foreign government is trying to compromise his account. A trusted technical adviser finds anomalies on his laptop. Sophisticated impostors approach Gellman with counterfeit documents, attempting to divert or discredit his work. Throughout Dark Mirror, the author describes an escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries, forcing him to mimic their tradecraft in self-defense. Written in the vivid scenes and insights that marked Gellman's bestselling Angler, Dark Mirror is an inside account of the surveillance-industrial revolution and its discontents, fighting back against state and corporate intrusions into our most private spheres. Along the way it tells the story of a government leak unrivaled in drama since All the President's Men.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Penguin Publishing Group, 2020
ISBN: 9780698153394
Characteristics: 448 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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Jul 15, 2020

Highly recommend this one! Gellman has the background and professional recognition to be able to engage with the principals, not only snowden, but Clapper, Comey et al.

Your jaw will drop when you understand what the "Dark Mirror" is.

So there is not only the ethical question of Snowden's choice, but also the much larger question of the NSA's using our laws regarding overseas collection of intelligence to gather everything possible about US citizens as well.

Both of these are debated in depth by both sides in the book. To use an old-fashioned word, Gellman's reporting of both sides of the arguments is objective.

I think that the conclusion will surprise you. It did me. I don't mind my data being collected, I don't mind it being sold and I don't mind targeted advertising. But now I understand what all of the fuss is about and how the security culture, especially among tech companies like Apple and Google has changed.

I'm a fan of detective fiction, e.g., Don Winslow's books. This is an even more exciting and engaging read!

Jun 16, 2020

i want audio book only...this does not say that....


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