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The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Descriptive language is very biased emotionally, poor narrative style. Author clearly believes wholeheartedly in due process and appears to trust government departments willingly... Read morePublished 8 days ago by S. Luke
Probably only a journalist (and one who writes as well as Edward Lucas) could have so efficiently and rationally demolished the case for Edward Snowden. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mr Robert A Pearson
Interesting insight into how espionage can work and the manipulation of individuals that make it so. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. M. Crowley
Brilliant expose of the flaws in the Snowden camp's arguments in favour of the leak. Highly readable and would recommend.Published 16 months ago by Sarah A