No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

By Glenn Greenwald

By Glenn Greenwald, megastar of Citizenfour, the Academy Award-winning documentary on Edward Snowden

In may well 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to satisfy an nameless resource who claimed to have fantastic proof of pervasive govt spying and insisted on speaking purely via seriously encrypted channels. That resource became out to be the twenty-nine-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations concerning the agency's frequent, systemic overreach proved to be one of the most explosive and consequential information in contemporary background, triggering a fierce debate over nationwide protection and knowledge privacy.
Now Greenwald matches every little thing jointly, recounting his high-intensity eleven-day journey to Hong Kong, reading the wider implications of the surveillance unique in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing clean info at the NSA's unparalleled abuse of energy with records from the Snowden archive. Fearless and incisive, No position to Hide has already sparked outrage worldwide and been hailed via voices around the political spectrum as an important contribution to our realizing of the U.S. surveillance state.

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Many US reporters resumed their accustomed position as servants to the govt. the tale was once now not that journalists had uncovered critical NSA abuses yet that an American operating for the govt had “betrayed” his duties, dedicated crimes, after which “fled to China. ” My interviews with either hosts, Mika Brzezinski and Savannah Guthrie, have been acrimonious and acerbic. Sleep-deprived for greater than a whole week now, I had no persistence for the criticisms of Snowden embedded of their questions: newshounds, I felt, might be celebrating, no longer demonizing an individual who had introduced extra transparency to the nationwide safety country than somebody in years. After a couple of extra days of interviews, i made a decision it was once time to depart Hong Kong. truly, it will now be very unlikely to satisfy or differently aid Snowden from Hong Kong, and at that time i used to be thoroughly exhausted, bodily, emotionally, and psychologically. i used to be wanting to go back to Rio. i presumed approximately flying domestic via manhattan and preventing for someday to do interviews—just to make the purpose that i'll and could. yet i used to be steered through a attorney opposed to doing so, arguing that it made little experience to take felony hazards of that kind until eventually we knew how the govt deliberate to react. “You’ve simply enabled the most important nationwide safeguard leak in US heritage and long past in all places television with the main defiant message possible,” he acknowledged. “It will purely make experience to plot a visit to the USA after we get a feeling of the Justice Department’s reaction. ” I didn’t agree: i assumed it used to be not likely within the severe that the Obama management could arrest a journalist in the course of such high-profile reporting. yet i used to be too tired to argue or take the chance. So I had the father or mother booklet my flight again to Rio via Dubai, nowhere close to the U.S.. For the instant, I reasoned, I had performed sufficient. three acquire all of it The archive of files Edward Snowden had assembled used to be lovely in either dimension and scope. whilst somebody who had spent years writing in regards to the hazards of mystery US surveillance, i discovered the sheer vastness of the spying approach really surprising, all of the extra so since it had sincerely been applied with nearly no responsibility, no transparency, and no limits. The hundreds of thousands of discrete surveillance courses defined by means of the archive have been by no means meant via those that applied them to develop into public wisdom. the various courses have been aimed toward the yankee inhabitants, yet dozens of nations round the planet—including democracies as a rule thought of US allies, corresponding to France, Brazil, India, and Germany—were additionally goals of indiscriminate mass surveillance. Snowden’s archive was once elegantly equipped, yet its measurement and complexity made it super tricky to technique. The tens of hundreds of thousands of NSA files in it were produced through almost each unit and subdivision in the sprawling service provider, and it additionally contained a few documents from heavily aligned international intelligence enterprises. The records have been startlingly contemporary: regularly from 2011 and 2012, and plenty of from 2013.

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