Permanent Record by Edward Snowden

August 8, 2020 - Published by

Permanent Record by Edward Snowden is a detailed autobiography by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

In it, he tells the story of his life from childhood, to his work within the intelligence community, to his whistle-blowing, to his exile in Russia.

What I found most interesting was seeing where the Hollywood film, Snowden, had taken some liberties. For example, what was implied in the film to take a few days took a few months in reality, from copying the files from NSA computers to waiting in his Hotel room (without leaving) for ten days before the journalists arrived. Also the recollection of what he thought and felt, during a period where he endured a much higher level of stress than most people do in their lives – not knowing if all he had sacrificed would be for nothing, and if the next day he would be kidnapped, tortured and murdered…

I found it to be a highly moving and thought-provoking book, and one I can and do highly recommend to anyone!


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