Edward Snowden is most current in the minds of many people. Some consider him a hero, others a traitor. That opinion choice is up to you! Luke Harding has done a deep investigation of Edward Snowden, the man, the human being and the computer nerd. In his book, he shows Snowden's advancement in the world of computer technology and how he later became dissatisfied with the strictness in which he had to work and report.
Edward Snowden honed his computer skills starting out as a gamester in 2001 and then learning from people in a popular technological website. He did this under the pseudonym of The True HOOHA and continued with it until 2012. It seems that government surveillance techniques were starting to gnaw at him. After a brief stint in the army, he began civilian life as a security guard and wound up on the lower end of employment in IT for the CIA. From there, his intelligence and computer skills had him advance in his varied jobs. From the CIA, he went to NSA and from there to Dell working as a contractor for the government.
His life shows much frustration with people and progress, in particular, his superiors who deterred him from reporting his findings and feelings. His decision to tell the world about the surveillance of the organizations into areas that he deemed private were not construed by him to be un-American. His feelings for his country, the USA, were deep. Snowden could have become rich by selling the information that he had at hand to foreign countries. Instead, he opted for the world to know.
Luke Harding unfolds this story more as a spy novel than a boring account. He has the reader following, and understanding Edward Snowden as he progressed from that naive gamester to a person with clearance to Top Secrets. He takes you along the path of a computer nerd who rebelled at his work because he felt that it was too encompassing.
The Snowden Files by Luke Harding is published by Vintage Books, a registered trademark of Random House LLC. ISBN 978-0-8041-7352-0.