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Newly released "Permanent Record" by Edward Snowden is predictably proving controversial.. The Department of Justice is alleging that the former Central Intelligence Agency CIA employee and National Security Agency NSA contractor violated non-disclosure agreements he signed with both the civilian foreign intelligence service and national-level intelligence agency by publishing information without their approval.

We will not permit individuals to enrich themselves, at the expense of the United States, without complying with their pre-publication review obligations. In February of this year, the U.

Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State

Another half trillion dollars has been added to the national debt total since February. In reality, the lawsuit against Snowden is far less about enriching the U.

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Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit. This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him.


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Snowden infamously blew the whistle on the NSA in when he copied and leaked highly-classified information while contracted by the agency. Hopkins reacted by dismissing the officers and filed a criminal libel suit against two of them, Samuel Shaw and Richard Marven. A fellow naval officer of Shaw and Marven broke ranks and presented the case to the Continental Congress. The Congress was alarmed by the revelations made in the letter. It terminated the command of Hopkins, ordered the Treasury to pay the legal fees of the officers and unanimously passed a resolution which stated it's "the duty" of all Americans "to give the earliest information to Congress or any other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or other misdemeanours committed by any persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.

Edward Snowden's explosive memoir is now available

Risking his life Snowden's disclosures revealed that the NSA was illegally collecting information on Americans as well as foreign nationals. The U. His passport was cancelled while he was mid-air, travelling from Hong Kong to Quito, Ecuador, via Moscow. For over six years, Snowden has been a fugitive, stuck in Moscow with a temporary asylum.

Many have wondered why a year-old American, who was working with the NSA, risked not just his career but also his life to reveal classified information. What the NSA was doing, Snowden believes, was in violation of the Constitution, a copy of which was kept on his desk against the Rubik's Cube, which he always carried even to Hong Kong where he met the journalists to whom he handed the NSA files.

When he found out about the NSA surveillance programmes, he realised that day-to-day rights of Americans, which the Constitution guarantees, were being violated.

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He concluded that American democracy was being subverted by these intelligence programmes and thought he must "get the facts out into the world". On public duty The Snowden the world knows is the whistleblower whose days in Hong Kong in - first at a five-star, The Mira Hotel, and then in one of the poorest neighbourhoods with a group of Asian migrants, evading both the press and authorities - and escape to Moscow were as dramatic as a Hollywood thriller.

Citizenfour, an Academy Award winning documentary by Laura Poitras, and Snowden, a feature film by Oliver Stone, have already reconstructed those days on reel. The challenge before Snowden was to go beyond what has been already said.

Permanent Record does just that. It's a book with a soul, which is Snowden's moral righteousness. I used to work for the government, but now I work for the public," writes an unperturbed Snowden in the opening lines of the book, as a laser-focussed statement of fact. Permanent Record is not just about Snowden's act of defiance. And there's hardly anything in the book about his secretive life in Moscow.

Edward Snowden's Permanent Record

The first two parts of the book are about his upbringing, his first hack he turned back time on all clocks at home to trick parents and watch more TV , his obsession with computers the first one was a Commodore 64, which his father brought home , love for video games, the early jobs, and the formation of his views about both himself and the world.

Snowden comes out as someone who did what he wanted to do - the boy who kicked a hornet's nest. But the problem is that the "hornet's nest" is the world's most powerful military and security power. Snowden knows that going back to the U. What's overlooked is whether the disclosures were "civically beneficial". In the case of Shaw and Marven of USS Warren, at least one of their officers broke ranks and stood by the whistleblowers even in "the darkest hour" of the American revolution.

But in Snowden's case, that possibility is non-existent.

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