No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State (UK Edition)

By Glenn Greenwald

No position to conceal is a groundbreaking examine the NSA surveillance scandal, from the reporter who broke the story.

Investigative reporter for The dad or mum and bestselling writer Glenn Greenwald, presents an in-depth check out the NSA scandal that has prompted a countrywide debate over nationwide defense and knowledge privateness. With extra revelations from records entrusted to Glenn Greenwald through Edward Snowden himself, this booklet explores the intense cooperation among inner most and the NSA, and the far-reaching results of the government’s surveillance software, either regionally and in another country.

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He packed his baggage, together with numerous thumb drives packed with NSA files, in addition to 4 empty laptops to exploit for various reasons. He didn't inform his female friend the place he used to be going; it was once, in reality, universal for him to commute for paintings with out with the ability to inform her his vacation spot. He desired to continue her ignorant of his plans, with a view to steer clear of exposing her to executive harassment as soon as his identification used to be published. He arrived in Hong Kong from Hawaii on could 20, checking into the Mira inn below his personal identify, and he were there ever considering. Snowden was once staying on the lodge rather brazenly, paying together with his bank card simply because, he defined, he knew that his hobbies might finally be scrutinized via the govt., the media, and almost each person else. He desired to hinder any declare that he was once a few kind of a international agent, which might be more straightforward to make had he spent this era in hiding. He had got down to exhibit, he stated, that his activities will be accounted for, there has been no conspiracy, and he used to be performing on my own. To the Hong Kong and chinese language professionals, he appeared like a standard businessman, no longer an individual skulking off the grid. “I’m no longer making plans to conceal what or who I am,” he acknowledged, “so i've got no cause to enter hiding and feed conspiracy theories or demonization campaigns. ” Then I requested the query that were on my brain due to the fact we first spoke on-line: Why had he selected Hong Kong as his vacation spot as soon as he used to be able to divulge the files? ordinarily, Snowden’s resolution confirmed that the choice was once according to cautious research. His first precedence, he acknowledged, was once to make sure his actual defense from US interference as he labored with Laura and me at the files. If the yankee specialists found his plan to leak the records, they'd try and cease him, arresting him or worse. Hong Kong, notwithstanding semi-independent, used to be a part of chinese language territory, he reasoned, and American brokers could locate it more durable to function opposed to him there than within the different locations he regarded as applicants for looking final safe haven, similar to a small Latin American country like Ecuador or Bolivia. Hong Kong could even be extra prepared and ready to withstand US strain to show him over than a small eu country, similar to Iceland. notwithstanding getting the files out to the general public was once Snowden’s major attention within the collection of vacation spot, it was once now not the single one. He additionally desired to be in a spot the place the folk had a dedication to political values that have been vital to him. As he defined, the folks of Hong Kong, although finally topic to the repressive rule of the chinese language govt, had fought to maintain a few easy political freedoms and created a colourful weather of dissent. Snowden mentioned that Hong Kong had democratically elected leaders and was once additionally the positioning of huge road protests, together with an annual march opposed to the Tiananmen sq. crackdown. there have been different locations he can have long past to, affording even larger defense from strength US motion, together with mainland China.

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