Who Is Edward Snowden? A Review of His Autobiography, Permanent Record

By Gilbert Doctorow
Antiwar,
October 7, 2019

(Includes 2-minute video at end)
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Edward Snowden’s recently published autobiography Permanent Record became a bestseller instantly, before any critical reviews in major media, thanks to the author’s notoriety.

The reviews followed and they make for curious reading as I look over The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker. Though the reviewers take very different positions on Snowden, his villainy or heroism, they seem all to have read him very attentively and offer their readers many choice quotations from the book.

Most of the reviews are fairly self-indulgent, none more so than Jonathan Lethem writing in The New York Review, who uses Snowden’s book as springboard for a discursive narrative on his own life experience. Read More

US to Snowden: ‘Hand yourself in — we promise not to torture you!’ (Video)

0Lasha Darkmoon says :  This 29-minute Panorama video shows the BBC interviewing Edward Snowden in a room at the Hotel Metropole in Moscow. The video is new and mint-fresh. Don’t miss it! It is electrifying.  

According to the mainstream media, Snowden is the ultimate traitor who betrayed his country by revealing to the world how Big Brother spies on us all incessantly: reading our emails, monitoring our phone calls, and snooping on all our internet activities. ‘They’ve said they won’t torture me,” Snowden reveals. Meaning that if Snowden hands himself in to the torturers of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib for “debriefing”, they will treat him with kindness.

For obvious reasons, Snowden doesn’t believe them.   Read More