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The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Singles) [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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting 30 Mar 2014
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Goes into depth about Ed Snowden and the negative impact basis leaks have had upon western countries and the positive impact they have upon Russia, or, more specifically, the Kremlin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concise essay on Snowden 3 April 2014
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The thoughtful nature of the book made me reconsider the benefit of the revelations, paricularly the lack of security in data communications by the journalists themselves.
Altogether a worthwhile read
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cool, forensic analysis 20 Mar 2014
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Lucas expertly marshalls the material and sets out a convincing narrative: Snowden was a "useful idiot" and he and his supporters have caused immense harm to the principal Western democracies. It is odd, is it not, that Snowden has sought and received asylum in Russia, which is so tender in its regard for privacy and human rights, that it has bitten off chunks of Georgia and Ukraine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book that needs to be read 16 Mar 2014
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Given the general lack of concern with which the Snowden episode (and its second chapter at Heathrow) were greeted by the general public, this book offers a rejoinder by way of explaining the level of damage that has been caused and which will probably never be fully recovered. It should be enough to put sensible people off the smug pontificating we get from the Grauniad and its followers. Utterly contemptuous behaviour, especially when the same gang shriek to high heaven anytime they think their "privacy" has been infringed. They don't deserve the good government that they claim to be pressing for (whether we get it is another question).
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The reason I give this book 3 stars 3 Mar 2014
By Kim
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First of all, I agree that Snowden is not that innocent whistleblower as alleged, on the other hand, the NSA and GCHQ are not angelic. The writer is trying to depict them as angels and the saviors of the country. In my view, the NSA and GCHQ are intercepting the people secrecy and confidentiality and sometimes they are forcing their agents and sources to give them information which is unethical in my humble opinion. Therefore, I think it's all a dirty political game from both sides. The reason I gave this book 3 stars because while I was reading it, I felt that the writer is so biased by supporting the NSA and GCHQ, however, they are also corrupted. Moreover, the book is not informative as I thought it would be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes you think what a dangerous man Snowden is.
The evidence that Snowden was a Moscow sleeper is overwhelming and his apologists on the Guardian and at Wikileaks should all be locked up in an American jail where our namby pamby... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Ron Colebrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Snowden in context
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.
Published 3 days ago by Neville Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Anyone with even the most basic knowledge of spying will know that its as old as history itself and stretches many centuries back before "modern" inventions like the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Brian Lait
5.0 out of 5 stars If interested - a must read
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? Read more
Published 5 days ago by J Kazocins
1.0 out of 5 stars A very biased viewpoint
A very establishment and one-sided view of Snowden,s activities in highlighting the atrocious spying activities in which the US is involved worldwide.
Published 23 days ago by Jainoo
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT READ
I have not been able to find time read this book as i have been extremly busy and occupied else where.
Published 24 days ago by anne
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish book
Definitely US Government biased, not a balanced discussion at all. I would certainly not recommend anyone wasting their time buying this book.
Published 29 days ago by Mr. D. Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Opinionated
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AlgyF
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