The first anniversary of Edward Snowden’s asylum in Russia feels like a good day to review Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State , the bestselling account of breaking the NSA spying scandal.
Greenwald was Snowden’s primary partner (or co-conspirator, if you’re so inclined) in informing the world of the extent to which “the world’s greatest democracy,” as the U.S. so loves to describe itself, is gathering literally billions of pieces of information a day on all of its citizens, and on the leaders and citizens of most of the world’s other nations.
I won’t spend a lot of time on the debate over the legality, or the morality, of Snowden and Greenwald’s actions, other than to say that I enthusiastically endorse what they did.
Rather, this is a review of the book; and, as such, I am a lot more critical of the story as written than I am of the events it describes. Continue reading