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

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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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The Snowden narrative should strike a cautious observer as bizarre. Why would someone who purports to be simply exposing violations of privacy in intelligence agencies steal so much data unrelated to violations of privacy? Why would much of this stolen data detail particulars of US intelligence gathering against rival countries, including China and Russia? Why had Snowden been stealing data from the NSA as far back as his earlier employment with Dell? Why did he deliberately seek out a job for the NSA in Hawaii, a weak point in the NSA network, which had full access to the main NSA networks in Fort Meade? What explains his peculiar trip to Hong Kong, of all places in the world, following the data theft? At the very least, some time before his NSA employment in Hawaii, Snowden intended to steal information, and had contact with others on how best to do it. Whether or not Snowden has been sincere about his ideals, his action was premeditated theft.

Drawing upon a career of following and reporting on the world of espionage in the West, Eastern Europe and the former USSR, Lucas questions the benign "whistleblowing" image of Edward Snowden to show how he could have been duped into cooperating with Russian intelligence. By providing a series of plausible answers to the lingering questions around Snowden's actions, Lucas shows the uneasy parallels between Snowden's situation and the spycraft practiced by Russians. The conclusions are striking. Snowden has either been oblivious about what the effects of his actions are, and is a naive anti-US government ideologue, or cooperating with foreign powers to damage American institutions, and is a traitor.
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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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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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What is a Snowdonista? Anyone who mistrusts the secret state?
There is an attempt to be fair and balanced in this essay but I fear it is lost in an evidence light effort to smear Snowdon as a Russian agent.
Would I rather live under Obama or Putin? USA all the way
But that is because at a grass roots level Americans of all political stripes believe in individual privacy and institutional transparency and have been better at getting it from their government.
People like Snowdon know that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance; his watch was the USA's security state. Maybe the Russians are beneficiaries of unintended consequences, maybe we need a Russian Snowdov, we can only keep an eye on what is happening in our own countries:
Otherwise we would be spies.
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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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A very establishment and one-sided view of Snowden,s activities in highlighting the atrocious spying activities in which the US is involved worldwide.
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Seems to be written by a hurt party rather than an analysts. I was surprised by the stance that Europe is backwards, venal and corrupt which is why the U.S.A. is forced to spy. To add my dismay the content contradicts itself hence the low score.
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Read this, it won't take long, and afterwards remain sceptical.... (That's skeptical in the US.)
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