The Edward Snowden Affair: Exposing the Politics and Media Behind the NSA Scandal
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The Edward Snowden Affair is groundbreaking look at Edward Snowden, the NSA, the media that broke the story, and the politicians involved in America and around the world. Author Michael Gurnow presents the facts about how the story broke, the technologies and techniques used by the NSA, and the reactions of key political figures. This is the only in-depth look at the Edward Snowden affair written by an author with more than a decade of IT experience.
While conducting research for an article on Internet security writer Michael Gurnow noticed there was something odd in the world's response to Edward Snowden and the National Security Agency spying scandal. Fascinated by the public reaction and how diametrically opposed politicians were in strange agreement, Gurnow threw himself into the story. The result is a meticulously researched book. A gifted writer, Gurnow breaks down the facts in an easy to follow and fast paced telling of the events that led up to the Snowden revelations, the media response, and the cat and mouse game that followed between the media and politicians around the world.
The narrative begins with Snowden literally growing up in the shadow of the National Security Agency. The author explains how Snowden was able to gain access to classified information, and how he was able to make off with it, and avoid capture by the American intelligence community. Michael Gurnow breaks down the technologies and techniques used by the NSA to capture and store massive amounts of information. He reveals in an objective way how select members of the media broke the story, and the political, legal and technological implications of Snowden's disclosures.
government knew Snowden was en route to Cuba via Russia before his flight made headlines. Gellman returned the next day to publish the fifth editorial in the Black Budget series, “U.S. intelligence agencies spend millions to hunt for insider threats, document shows.”103 Following his report on the NSA’s success and failures, Gellman devotes more time to the threat of internal spies within the intelligence community. The sudden alarm was the result of Manning having given thousands of documents
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out to engage in damage control as it had attempted but failed to do the day before. Hours after news agencies across the globe started reporting Snowden had been granted asylum, CNN announced8 the U.S. would be—in an “unprecedented” move—closing 22 embassies and consulates on August 4. Two days later, the motive for the security precaution was unveiled. U.S. intelligence had intercepted a message by senior-level al-Qaeda operatives which suggested a planned attack.9 CNN obliged the Obama
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to be surveilled until it is seen by human eyes, the insinuation was that no direct targeting was taking place. The FAA update proves, at worst, Americans are indirectly targeted; at the very least their data is being retroactively searched.29 XKeyscore’s querying of entire databases of full-take records is now understood to be the administration’s definition of “indirect surveillance.” In an accompanying report titled, “NSA surveillance: the long fight to close backdoor into US