Permanent Record: Why NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Risked His Life to Expose Surveillance State
PART II (Excerpts) — I’ll be watching DemocracyNow.org for the full and complete interviews with Ed due to be released in the near future..
Ed talks about what he went through in actualizing his decision to expose to the public the illicit programs of the NSA and the personal decision to ‘leave his girlfriend’ who he was dearly in love with. He is definitely MY hero..
Six years ago, Edward Snowden leaked a trove of secret documents about how the United States had built a massive surveillance apparatus to spy on Americans and people across the globe. Snowden was then charged in the U.S. for violating the Espionage Act and other laws. As he attempted to flee to Latin America, Snowden became stranded in Russia after the U.S. revoked his passport. He has lived in Moscow ever since. Snowden just published his memoir, “Permanent Record,” in which he writes about what led him to risk his life to expose the U.S. government’s system of mass surveillance. From Moscow, he speaks to Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Juan González about his life before and after becoming an NSA whistleblower.