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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 edwardlucas.com/about

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Provides some information but seems repetitive 22 Feb 2014
By NJB
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An authoritative expose 24 April 2014
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This surely was a much more serious breach of Western security than the UK media have taken the trouble to tell us. And STILL some people seem to think Snowden was just a fairly ordinary whistleblower and should be commended. Perhaps the recent Russian behaviour in Ukraine will convince people that certain elements in Moscow are continuing the Cold War and we really do need to be more security-minded. After all, NSA and GCHQ are just doing what we pay them for, and most other countries (including France and Germany who have made the most noise about the revelations) would give a lot for the same capability.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowden in context 14 April 2014
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Lucas's boook is a welcome corrective to the many alarmist responses to Snowden's "revelations"; most of which should be no surprise to anyone living in the real world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If interested - a must read 12 April 2014
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Whistleblowing is arguably a necessary facet of a democratic society. But what if the whistleblower does continuous and lasting damage to his country's security? Acknowledged intelligence expert, Lucas, poses some awkward questions. A must read for all who wish to get beyond the superficiality of 'what the papers say'.
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10 of 12 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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States the case against Snowden, as one sidedly as The Guardian states the case for. The book makes a convincing case for Snowden having been talent-spotted and manipulated by Russian intelligence for some time before he "defected", but uses this to wash the NSA clear of any blame for wrongdoing, which is perhaps going too far.

Far too many people have had access to top secret material, and this is a breach of ethics by itself because it means that private information about citizens is, by definition, getting into the hands of people who have no compelling need to know.

For Edward Snowden read Bradley Manning. When 1.3 Million people have access to a database, it's an abuse of language to describe it as "secret" because for every one who publicly leaked information for their own vanity, a dozen or two dozen will have privately leaked material straight to the Russians and Chinese for money.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Background 11 Mar 2014
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I hadn't been paying too much attentiion to Snowden's activities so that this was a useful summary. The fact that Snowden has ended up in Russia suggests that he has not fulfilled his objective in any kind of sensible way for those of us who are suspicious of what our governments are doing in intelligence and why!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It poses the question, was he a Russian agent ...
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... Read more
Published 1 day ago by dentibus
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowden is a traitor
Just hearing the media snippets about what he had done he was portraid as someone who had Americas interest in hand. Snowden is a traitor. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ed
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just what I wanted
Published 3 days ago by David Ager
5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative view to Edward Snowden
A really interesting alternative view on Snowden. Admittedly it is Lucas's assessment and not fact, but his assessment is logical and therefore plausible.
Published 4 days ago by C L
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A bit biased!!
Published 6 days ago by Peter N Tribe
5.0 out of 5 stars A convincing account
So Snowden is shown for what he was, a traitor and spy it seems,not a figure to think has done a good deed and should be well thought of.
Published 8 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good thank you
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Intersting reading
Published 1 month ago by F. M. James
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A calm analytical review of the consequences of the Snowden disclosures.
Published 1 month ago by Colin Budd
3.0 out of 5 stars Whitewash job
American incompetence at its finest.
Published 1 month ago by Geb5
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