By Luke Harding
IT started WITH A TANTALIZING, nameless e mail: “I AM A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY.”
What used to be the main mind-blowing intelligence breach ever, caused through one notable guy. Edward Snowden was once a 29-year-old machine genius operating for the nationwide safety company whilst he surprised the area by way of 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 risks of world tracking and the probability to person privacy.
In a journey de strength of investigative journalism that reads like a undercover agent novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s unbelievable story—from the day he left his glamorous female friend in Honolulu sporting a troublesome force jam-packed 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 thing from matters 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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Anything of an autodidact, then. His politics seemed staunchly Republican. He believed strongly in own liberty, protecting, for instance, Australians who farmed hashish crops. from time to time he may be particularly obnoxious. He advised one fellow-Arsian, for instance, that he was once a ‘cock’; others who disagreed along with his sink-or-swim perspectives on social defense have been ‘fucking retards’. Even by means of the free-for-all criteria of chat rooms – very like a bar the place anyone may well pull up a stool – TheTrueHOOHA used to be an opinionated type of man. different clients by no means realized TheTrueHOOHA’s off-screen identify. They did glimpse what he gave the impression of, even though. In April 2006, a number of months shy of his twenty third birthday, TheTrueHOOHA published photographs of himself, taken at an beginner modelling shoot. They convey a good-looking younger guy, with light pores and skin and delicately bruised eyes, just a little vampiric in visual appeal, staring moodily into the digital camera. in a single shot, he wears an odd leather-based bracelet. ‘Cute,’ one person published. ‘No love for the wristband eh? ’ TheTrueHOOHA queried, while anyone stated he appeared homosexual. He insisted he was once heterosexual. And extra casually: ‘My female friend is a photographer. ’ TheTrueHOOHA’s chat logs conceal a colorful array of subject matters: gaming, ladies, intercourse, Japan, the inventory industry, his disastrous stint within the US military, his impressions of multi-racial Britain, the thrill of gun possession. (‘I have a Walther P22. It’s my purely gun yet i like it to death,’ he wrote in 2006. ) of their personal manner, the logs shape a Bildungsroman, a singular of younger event, written by means of a person from the 1st new release that grew up with the web. Then in 2009 the entries fizzle away. whatever occurs. The early exuberance disappears; the few final posts are darkish and brooding. An fringe of bitterness creeps in. In February 2010 he makes one in all his ultimate posts. TheTrueHOOHA mentions a specific thing that problems him: pervasive govt surveillance. He writes: Society relatively turns out to have built an unquestioning obedience in the direction of spooky kinds. i'm wondering how good may envelopes that turned obvious lower than magical federal candlelight have bought in 1750? 1800? 1850? 1900? 1950? Did we get to the place we're this day through a slippery slope that used to be fullyyt inside our regulate to forestall? Or was once it a comparatively on the spot sea swap that sneaked in undetected due to pervasive govt secrecy? TheTrueHOOHA’s final submit is on 21 could 2012. After that he disappears, a misplaced digital signature amid the vastness of our on-line world. yet a 12 months later, as we now comprehend, TheTrueHOOHA, aka Edward Snowden, travels to Hong Kong. Edward Joseph Snowden was once born on 21 June 1983. acquaintances recognize him as ‘Ed’. His father Lonnie Snowden and mom Elizabeth – often called Wendy – have been high-school sweethearts who married at 18. Lon was once an officer within the US coast defend; Snowden spent his early years in Elizabeth urban, alongside North Carolina’s coast, the place the coast shield has its greatest air and naval base. He has an older sister, Jessica. Like different individuals of the USA forces, Snowden Snr has powerful patriotic perspectives.