In graphic novel form, this book examines the life and motivation of Edward Snowden, among the most famous, or infamous, people in the world.
It was the type of community where one learns not to ask their neighbor, or their partner, just what they do for a living; it is probably secret. An attempt to join the Army after 9/11 wasn’t successful. As a CIA employee, he had been stationed for a time in Switzerland. He had been exposed to other systems of values, and began to wonder if America was really the”good men.”
He left the CIA, and joined the NSA, eventually becoming a systems administrator, or sysadmin. He spent some time in Japan, which farther removed any notion that America was on the side of the angels. As a sysadmin, he had access to all sorts of classified documents that detailed America’s surveillance programs. Whenever he had a chance, he downloaded file after file onto flash drives.
Here are a couple of examples. An NSA program called”Captivated Audience” lets them track you through your smartphone and listen to conversations in your home, even if the telephone is Off. “Gumfish” allows the NSA to take a picture of you, at any time, using the camera in your notebook. Smart TVs, the ones that allow streaming of web content, have a camera which the government can activate at any time to watch anyone (such as the telescreens in Orwell’s”1984″).
Now working in Honolulu for an NSA contractor, one day Snowden hopped a taxi to the airport with his flash drives. His next stop was Hong Kong where he leaked his advice to a few journalists. After the worldwide bombshell, he had been planning to fly to Latin America to ask for asylum. Snowden got as far as Moscow, where he remains today.
Say what you will about Edward Snowden (he is a hero or he’s a traitor), this is a wonderful, and very easy to read, look at why he did what he did. It’s very highly recommended.