Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and National Security Agency contractor who revealed some of the deepest secrets of the US government’s systematic surveillance operations, has written a memo. Permanent Recordingpublished by MacMillan Publishers’ imprint Metropolitan Books, will go on sale September 17, and is now available for pre-orders—just like Snowden himself announced through his Twitter account today.
Snowden’s memoir will be released simultaneously in more than 20 countries, and pre-orders are available in the US, the United Kingdom, and Germany. According to a Metropolitan spokesman, “In Permanent Recording(Snowden) tells his story for the first time, bringing the reader along to how he helped create the (NSA’s) surveillance program, and then experiences a crisis of conscience that leads him to try to bring it down. .”
In a statement on the paper, MacMillan CEO John Sargent said:
Edward Snowden decided at the age of 29 to give up his entire future for the good of his country. He showed great courage in doing so, and like it or not, his is an amazing American story. There is no doubt that the world is a better and more private place for your actions. Macmillan is very prolific Permanent Recording.
Snowden also faces prosecution in the United States. And despite Sargent’s claims, his legacy is up for debate.
Much of Snowden’s surveillance powers seek to show how illegal is now codified in US law. While phone call metadata is not directly collected by the NSA, the agency still has access to data through phone companies, and broad Internet monitoring continues. It’s the NSA filed “about” the surveillance program under Section 702 of the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act-This initiative is the collection of Internet traffic where specific identifiers are part of the content of the messages, rather than being related to the sender or receiver. But that conclusion seems to be necessary because of technical issues, not because of any change in the law. As an NSA spokesperson said in April 2017:
After extensive evaluation of the system and available technology, the NSA has determined that section 702 foreign intelligence surveillance operations do not include any upstream Internet communications that are “about” a foreign intelligence target… collection that provides the greatest value to national security while reducing the likelihood that the NSA will intercept communications of US persons or others not directly related to one of the Agency’s foreign intelligence objectives.
While Snowden has been praised and supported by civil liberties advocates over the past five years, he has been dismissed by others who believe he does more damage to US national security than good for citizens’ privacy. AMERICAN.
Last year, when interviewed about Snowden’s legacy, the plaintiff’s attorney and national security attorney Mark Zaid told Ars, “If only Verizon had released the FISA warrant (about getting phone metadata),” it would have accomplished just as much. influence US surveillance policy. . “He will (still) be here in the US, and maybe he is in the US working for Google or Amazon, and writing a book,” Zaid added.
Well, now Snowden has written that book. He is in exile in Moscow.