Share via Email This article is over 5 years old The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowdena year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden appears live via video on February 2 to take questions from a student during a student-organized world affairs conference at Upper Canada College private high school in Toronto. Pieced together from secondary sources and written with minimal additional research to be the first to market, the book's thrifty origins are hard to miss.
The Guardian is a curiously inward-looking beast. If any other institution tried to market its own experience of its own work nearly as persistently as The Guardian, it would surely be called out for institutional narcissism. But because The Guardian is an embarrassingly central institution within the moribund "left-of-center" wing of the U.
In recent years, we have seen The Guardian consult itself into cinematic history—in the Jason Bourne films and others —as a hip, ultra-modern, intensely British newspaper with a progressive edge, a charmingly befuddled giant of investigative journalism with a cast-iron spine.
The Snowden Files positions The Guardian as central to the Edward Snowden affair, elbowing out more significant players like Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras for Guardian stablemates, often with remarkably bad grace. This is about as subtle as Harding's withering asides get.
You could use this kind of thing on anyone. Flatulent Tributes The book is full of flatulent tributes to The Guardian and its would-be journalists.
His calmness now stood him in good stead.
Adaptation rights for Harding's book were acquired last year by Oliver Stonewhose Edward Snowden film began principal photography in January, and is due for release just before Christmas.
I wince to think of the money that has now soaked into this turkey of a book. Having spoken to Stone, I'm confident that he is aware of the humdrum nature of his source material, and that his script does not lean too heavily on the book. If any A-list director can put the sour omen of a Luke Harding film rights purchase behind him, it is probably Stone.
And yet I'm still surprised that this author is not kryptonite to movie financiers by now.
Harding was also the co-author of 's WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, another tour de force of dreary cash-in publishing, which went on to be the basis for Dreamworks' catastrophic box-office failure: Harding's co-author on that book—the self-styled former senior Guardian editor David Leigh —is absent in The Snowden Files.
In writing about his work with me on the WikiLeaks material, Leigh chose—over my explicit warnings—to print a confidential encryption password as a chapter headingundoing eight months of our work and of over a hundred other media organizations and resulting in the dumping of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables onto the Internet without the selective redactions that had been carefully prepared for them.
In a Goebbelsian projection, Leigh and The Guardian promptly blamed me for this. Harding repeats the libel without irony in The Snowden Files. In any case, gone is Leigh. Furthermore, there is evidence in these pages that The Guardian is now attempting to embrace basic operational security procedures, a positive development, even if it is years late and being done haphazardly.
Would-be lifestyle journalist Decca Aitkenhead later even took this as far as insinuating that I might be losing my mind.
But I was just doing my job, and I am relieved that it's starting to sink in at The Guardian that it's their job, too. Since I've started praising the book, I might as well continue. As hack jobs by Luke Harding go, a lot of work has gone into this one.
Harding has clearly gone to uncharacteristic lengths in rewriting most of his source material, although it remains in large part unattributed.
WikiLeaks founder Assange gestures during a news conference on August 18,at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
For this he was awarded "plagiarist of the year" by Private Eye in But—disciplined by experience—he covers his tracks much more effectively here. This book thereby avoids the charge of naked plagiarism.
Yet the conclusion cannot be resisted that this work is painfully derivative. Snowden has never spoken to Harding. The two have never met. If this is an inside story of Snowden, then anyone can write an inside story of anything. Something in me has to applaud the chutzpah.There are many big questions in the Edward Snowden saga, and unfortunately, the new film "Snowden" leaves a number of them unanswered.
The film is not supposed to be a documentary or a definitive. With that simple message, sent in December from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, the biggest leak of government secrets in history was set in . Snowden is about to say something as we enter the elevator, but at the last moment a woman jumps in so we silently listen to the bossa nova classic “Desafinado” as we ride to an upper floor.
Read more: Edward Snowden wishes he leaked NSA documents sooner. While the Snowden files have previously been made available via Greenwald’s personal website and the American Civil Liberties Union, now a University of Toronto graduate, George Raine, has created the Snowden Surveillance Archive to allow you to search all the .
Tor. Tor is an encrypted anonymising network that makes it harder to intercept internet communications, or see where communications are coming from or going to.. In order to use the WikiLeaks public submission system as detailed above you can download the Tor Browser Bundle, which is a Firefox-like browser available for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux and pre-configured to connect using the.
This internal NSA technical update from March provides metrics about the information from the access point codenamed MONEYROCKET, which was the NSA’s source for tracking Bitcoin users: see the Intercept article The NSA Worked To “track Down” Bitcoin Users, Snowden Documents .