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Edward Snowden 'Permanent Record' Memoir Coming Out Next Month
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51288"><span class="small">Hillel Italie, Associated Press</span></a>   
Thursday, 01 August 2019 14:09

Italie writes: "Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir. The book by the man whose leaks of classified documents transformed the debate about government surveillance is coming out September 17."

Edward Snowden. (photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Edward Snowden. (photo: Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

Edward Snowden 'Permanent Record' Memoir Coming Out Next Month

By Hillel Italie, Associated Press

01 August 19


ormer National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir. The book by the man whose leaks of classified documents transformed the debate about government surveillance is coming out September 17.

Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, announced Thursday that Snowden's "Permanent Record" will be released simultaneously in more than 20 countries, including the U.S., Germany and Britain. According to Metropolitan, Snowden will describe his role in the accumulation of metadata and the "crisis of conscience" that led him to steal a trove of files in 2013 and share them with reporters. Metropolitan spokeswoman Pat Eisemann declined to offer additional details.

Snowden noted in a tweet Thursday that the book would be released on Constitution Day and added that he had "just completed an international conspiracy across 20 countries, and somehow the secret never leaked."

Snowden, who faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison, is currently living in exile in Moscow and promotion here will likely be restricted to interviews done by remote. He has been widely condemned by intelligence officials, who allege Snowden has caused lasting damage to national security, and defended by civil libertarians and other privacy advocates who praise Snowden for revealing the extent of information the government was gathering. Notable revelations included a massive program collecting metadata on millions of domestic phone calls.

"Edward Snowden decided at the age of 29 to give up his entire future for the good of his country," John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, said in a statement. "He displayed enormous courage in doing so, and like him or not, his is an incredible American story. There is no doubt that the world is a better and more private place for his actions. Macmillan is enormously proud to publish 'Permanent Record.'"

Financial details were not disclosed for a book that was itself a covert project, quietly acquired a year ago by Macmillan and identified under code names in internal documents. Snowden's primary contact with the publisher was his principal legal adviser, Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.

"Publishing Ed Snowden has been a remarkable learning experience," Sargent told The Associated Press. "The complexities of internet security today have been eye-opening."

Snowden's story was told in part in the Oscar-winning documentary "Citizenfour" and in the Oliver Stone movie "Snowden." In 2014, Metropolitan published "No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State," by Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald, whose reporting for the Guardian helped break the Snowden story. Greenwald also was featured in "Citizenfour."

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+6 # janie1893 2019-08-02 00:28
A true American hero!
+6 # 2019-08-02 03:48
Thank you again Ed. Americans are greatly appreciative to know how unconstitutiona lly and illegally intrusive we had become, and still are. We demand that you are allowed to return Home without fear of penalty or reprisal. As long as the mechanisms for whistleblower reporting continue to be flawed, wide latitude must be allowed truth-tellers, in the interest of Due Diligence, Due Process, and Our First and Fourth Amendment Rights. We demand that the Espionage Act is updated or sunsetted, and that the document classification system is revised, skewed towards transparency with only items of true national security and equal deemed secret.

Secrecy enables illicit power and corruption, and is a bane of democracy. Transparency is more important than ever in this high-tech, fast-paced World; we must always ensure that those rights and freedoms in Our Constitution are upheld, for Our Republic -- Of, By, and For The People.

We demand that you are allowed back Home expeditiously, without penalty or reprisal. We demand that open dialogues, perhaps real-time, interactive, and web based begin forthwith, and are ongoing in perpetuity. These discussions would involve The People, military, intelligence agencies, and including regarding current surveillance practices, technology, secrecy, and threats. We demand the CIA is OUT of our schools. For more h_ll - "a lot of killers", in and out of medical settings - see ourconstitution .info, Medical-Militar y, Links, and Outreach (Comments).
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-03 08:50
I'm just thankful that Snowden has a so-far safe place of refuge. I'm sure the US intelligence Nazis are trying like hell to get at him and kill him. They will never stop.

But there is some good news on the Assange front. A federal judge last week ruled that Assange and WikiLeaks were perfectly within the law in publishing materials leaked to them, even if the materials were stolen. The judge further noted that the DNC and Podesta emails had nothing to do with national security, as they were only private correspondence of private organizations.

Maybe this will make it more difficult to extradite Assange on the espionage charges he is not facing. The judge's ruling makes clear that publishing private emails was not espionage and was legitimate journalism. The charges against Assange are a purely political vendetta.

We all owe a lot to whistleblower, leakers, and publishers who disseminate the information they present. We can't have a democratic world unless the crimes of the powerful are exposed. Trying to arrest Snowden or Assange or any of the other hundreds of leakers and whistle blowers is just more criminal activity committed by the oligarchs.
0 # 2019-08-04 18:20
Yes, that was an important ruling last week. We do NOT want any more effort, time, or money spent dealing with Assange; his years of isolation well compensate for any wrongs the US feels he might have committed. See above for my requests regarding the Espionage Act and secrecy classifications . We also have very serious problems, horrid concerns here, that require our immediate attention.

Ed Snowden is a patriot to many Americans and should be allowed to continue to be of benefit and import to the US, at Home. He was right to have concerns he felt The People needed to know. He courageously did what he felt was necessary, in order to report actions contrary to Our Constitutional Republic, Of, By, and For The People. We needed to know what he, & all truth-tellers had & have to say. Our processes must be changed so that people CAN report any and all concerns on our soil, without fear of reprisal. That has not yet occurred, & Snowden should not feel he must be further isolated from the US for his actions. He must be allowed to return, with guarantees of no retaliation, penalties, or reprisal. Continuing this retribution against truth-tellers, who did not and/or currently do not feel secure reporting via standard procedure, is un-American, and un-Constitution al. See my comment above for ideas on how to remedy this deep divide between The People and the Military-Intell igence, something we MUST do for the sake of Our Humanity and Republic. If we are not that Beacon, who would be?