Cockburn's Eclectics

thesnowdenfilesThis book should be subtitled The Paranoia Manual. But is it paranoia if they really are listening to every word?

As you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t reasonably familiar with the internet superstate, you’ll already have heard of Edward Snowden and the thumbdrive full of National Security Agency files he absconded with in 2013. His own story and the facts he revealed have been widely reported, and occasionally misreported, so I found the compilation of the relevant facts between one pair of covers made it a lot clearer for me. Luke Harding does a superb job of presenting The Snowden Files in a way that is both informative and easy to read.

The first chapters cover Snowden himself, from the opinionated young man who appeared online as TheTrueHOOHA to his years with the CIA in Switzerland and at the NSA listening station in Hawaii. It traces the…

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