View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
August 1, 2019updated 02 Aug 2019 3:15pm

Edward Snowden Memoir Revealed: Book to be Published September 17 in 20 Countries

"Like him or not, his is an incredible American story"

By CBR Staff Writer

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir that will be published September 17 by Macmillan Publishers.

The whistleblower leaked thousands of classified documents to journalists Glenn GreenwaldLaura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill in 2013. He now lives in Russia and is president of the San Francisco-based Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Macmillan said: “In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former CIA agent and NSA contractor, shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the U.S. government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every phone call, text message, and email ever sent.

“The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. In Permanent Record, he tells his story for the very first time, bringing the reader along as he helps to create this system of mass surveillance, and then experiences the crisis of conscience that led him to try to bring it down.”

Content from our partners
Green for go: Transforming trade in the UK
Manufacturers are switching to personalised customer experience amid fierce competition
How many ends in end-to-end service orchestration?

Edward Snowden Memoir: Macmillan “Enormously Proud” to Publish the Book 

The book itself has been a closely guarded secret.

Titled “Permanent Record”, it will be released simultaneously in more than 20 countries, including the US, Germany and Britain.

“Edward Snowden decided at the age of 29 to give up his entire future for the good of his country,” said John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers USA.

“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.”

Some 1182 classified documents, including 355 marked “Top Secret” leaked by Snowden remain online. The leaks were deeply damaging to the security community, but seen as a public service by civil libertarians. (They were also leaped on by the security community, with the NSA’s so-called “Ant Catalogue” of hardware and software surveillance tools widely perused for inspiration by pen testers).

Among his revelations: that intelligence agencies had built backdoors into tech companies’ offerings, and were tapping marine fibre optic cables to hoover up vast amounts of web traffic.

Snowden, who would face criminal charges if he returned to the United States, remains a resident of Russia.

See also: EXCLUSIVE: GCHQ, NSA Still Using Punched Paper Tape to Produce Crypto Keys

Topics in this article : ,
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.
THANK YOU