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The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Lucas
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In his sensational new book, Economist senior editor Edward Lucas lays bare the naïveté, hypocrisy and sinister background surrounding Edward Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor now living in Moscow. "The Snowden Operation", demolishes Snowden's claim to be a whistleblower. Drawing on 30 years' experience observing the world of intelligence, Lucas depicts Snowden as at best reckless and naïve, and at worst a saboteur. He stole far more secrets than were necessary to make his case and did so in a deliberately damaging matter. Any benefits to the public debate about issues such as meta-data and encryption are far outweighed by the damage done to the West’s security, diplomacy and economic interests.

“The Snowden Operation” highlights the inconsistencies and puzzles in the account of events given by the “Snowdenistas”. It explains how Russia could have sponsored Snowden’s data heist -- the greatest disaster ever to hit Western intelligence, and one whose effects have neatly suited Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

About the Author

Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist. A former foreign correspondent with 30 years’ experience in Russian and east European affairs, he is the author of, among other publications, Deception (2011), which deals with east-west espionage, and The New Cold War (2008), which gave warning of the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He is a non-resident fellow at CEPA, a think-tank in Washington, DC. He lives in London and is married to the writer Cristina Odone. He tweets as @edwardlucas. For more details, see

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Provides some information but seems repetitive 22 Feb 2014
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The intended purpose seems to be to argue the case that Snowden is not the hero as presented by some.

I bought it because I thought it would be interesting to read an account of what had in fact happened - but that was rather lost amongst the continued points being made about interpreted intentions.

It felt like a one sided argument with conclusions being drawn that were not obvious to me from the information presented. However, I found it seemed to assume the reader had more detailed knowledge than I had, and I did not find it very interesting. I therefor rather skimmed the book and may have missed some of the points. It may be of more interest to those with more background knowledge but I found it about as convincing as party political literature.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good 10 Mar 2014
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Very self opinionated and extremely biased which this type of book should not be. I'm sure the majority of his points are factually correct but it comes across as being commissioned by the Government of the USA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but very one-sided 14 May 2014
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I suppose I knew from the start that the author was coming from a particular angle, but it did give a rather unbalanced view of the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Re: Right wing version of the events. 26 Feb 2014
By tychos
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This version of the Snowden affair makes some fair pionts about the potential damage caused to western security operations by the leaks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It poses the question, was he a Russian agent ?. Also if the material was 'STOLEN' why has no case been brought against the people who transmitted the material, and the newspapers who published the documents ? Surely they have been handling property stolen from the USA ?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Subjective, narrow, and churlish 28 Feb 2014
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I realise that the whole of Snowden revelations run counter top a lot of his own writings in both "The New Cold War" and "Deception".
So, from my point of view this is a "hatchet job" and worthy of a severe dose of caution, as are his conclusions.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Opinionated 14 Mar 2014
By AlgyF
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The author clearly has a single view about Snowden and argues remorselessly for this viewpoint. I may or may not agree with this viewpoint, but didn't really want to read a polemic. I would have preferred a more balanced argument.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comrade Snowden 24 April 2014
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This is an important book. It's short, readable and comprehensible to those outside the national security system. Snowden is heralded as a hero, but he has irreparably damaged our national security and left us vulnerable to a wide variety of threats. The fact that he is now living comfortably in Moscow ought to serve as an indicator he may well have been on their payroll all along.
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