Sunday, September 15, 2019

"Permanent Record": preview of Edward Snowden's memoir


Greg Miller reviews Edward Snowden’s new book “Permanent Record” in the Washington Post Outlook section today, September 15, 2019, from Metropolitan Books, 352 pages.
I had reviewed Glenn Greenwald’s “No Place to Hide” here Nov. 22, 2014, which got folded into Laura Poitras’s movie “Citizen Four” on Oct. 27, 2014.


I can recall reading Greenwald’s account of getting an email from Snowden, where Snowden presumed detailed technical skills of his readers. 

In the Poitras film, Snowden, holed up in a Hong Kong hotel (long before today’s protests) with the filmmakers, comes across as a rather likeable, charismatic young man.

We know now that he has spent about six years in asylum in Moscow, doing gigs for a living, and seems to have sometimes girlfriend.  But he had no trouble getting his book manuscript exported and published.

The book review today describes how Snowden hid little cards inside Rubik Cubes, which only he knew how to solve.
   
There are a couple of YouTubers with minds like Snowden’s, like Economic Invincibility (Martin Goldberg) and Canadian Harvard student (on gap to work in Montreal), John Fish.  John, particularly, seems nicer and more open, for all his plans not fully explained.  You can have this kind of brain and not need to become a spy.  But people will want you to.

Update: 

The US Government has filed a lawsuit trying to seize proceeds from the book. 

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