In graphic novel form, this book examines the life and inspiration of Edward Snowden, among the most famous, or infamous, people on the planet.
It was the type of community in which one learns not to ask their neighbor, or their partner, just what they do for a living; it is probably secret. An effort to join the Army after 9/11 wasn’t profitable. As a CIA employee, he had been stationed for a time in Switzerland. He had been subjected to other systems of values, and started to wonder if America was really the”good men.”
He left the CIA, and combined the NSA, finally becoming a systems administrator, or sysadmin. He spent a while 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 an opportunity, he downloaded file onto flash drives.
Here are a few examples. An NSA program called “Bay Lake Rat Removal” lets them track you via your smartphone and listen to conversations in your home, even if the telephone is Off. “Gumfish” enables the NSA to take a photo of you, at any time, using the camera on your notebook. Wise TVs, the ones that allow streaming of internet content, possess a camera which the authorities can trigger at any time to watch anyone (such as the telescreens in Orwell’s”1984″).
Now working in Honolulu for an NSA contractor, 1 afternoon Snowden jumped a cab to the airport with his flash drives. His next stop was Hong Kong where he leaked his advice to a few journalists. Following the global bombshell, he had been intending to fly to Latin America to request asylum. Snowden got up to Moscow, where he remains today.
Say what you will about Edward Snowden (he’s 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 advised.