Permanent Record Review

It’s been awhile since I’ve written here and during the time since my last posts I have read several books which I plan on reviewing. The first book I want to review is Permanent Record by Edward Snowden.

According to Wikipedia Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American whistleblower who copied and leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and subcontractor. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, and prompted a cultural discussion about national security and individual privacy.

I remember reading about the events of the leaks Snowden provided to journalists and the numerous attempts the government made to cover up the leaks and smear Mr Snowdens reputation.

I always found the events interesting and opened my eyes to the lengths that our Government goes to just so they can accumulate as much data about us as possible. Since these reports I have watched a few documentaries on Edward Snowden.

Once Mr Snowden opened an official Twitter account I eagerly followed him and watched his tweets, one day I saw that he was releasing a book and I wanted to read it, just as it was being released the Government decided to to sue the publishers so Edward couldn’t profit from the book and so this compelled me to read it even more.

The book is a really good read and not a tell all on the Government but more about how Edward Snowden grew up to compelled to serve his country and then so appalled at the acts his employers did that he decided to give up all his comforts and go into hiding and release the information to Journalists.

After reading this book I felt inspired and also had my eyes opened to a lot more information than I was already aware of but it was really interesting to learn about the life of Edward Snowden.