How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft, Edward Jay Epstein
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How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft

Author: Edward Jay Epstein

Narrator: Michael Bybee

Unabridged: 11 hr 59 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 01/17/2017

Genre: Political Science - Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence

Synopsis

A groundbreaking exposé that convincingly challenges the popular image of Edward Snowden as hacker turned avenging angel, while revealing how vulnerable our national security systems have become--as exciting as any political thriller, and far more important.

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions, delving into both how our secrets were taken and the man who took them. He makes clear that by outsourcing parts of our security apparatus, the government has made classified information far more vulnerable; how Snowden sought employment precisely where he could most easily gain access to the most sensitive classified material; and how, though he claims to have acted to serve his country, Snowden is treated as a prized intelligence asset in Moscow, his new home.


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