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The Snowden Operation: Inside the West's Greatest Intelligence Disaster (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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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.
So, from my point of view this is a "hatchet job" and worthy of a severe dose of caution, as are his conclusions.
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 ›
Hardcore Snowden supporters will either ignore this uncomfortable book or attack it for being a hit-piece by a lackey of the surveillance state or somesuch. But if you're in any way on the fence or have a rather more open mind than Glenn Greenwald and Jacob Appelbaum's most ardent supporters, I highly recommend you read this. It may change the way you view the situation. And the conclusion shows that Lucas is very far from being an advocate for the surveillance state. In fact, I'd say that, whatever your views on Edward Snowden and the NSA, if you're at all interested in the subject this short ebook is a must-read.
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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 months 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 23 months ago by Mr Robert A Pearson
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... Read more