No Place to Hide

No Place to Hide

Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

By Glenn Greenwald

Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 9781627790734, 259pp.

Publication Date: May 13, 2014


In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency's widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden's disclosures.

Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for "The Guardian," and revealing fresh information on the NSA's unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation's political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens--and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, "No Place to Hide" is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

About the Author
Glenn Greenwald is the author of several bestsellers, including "How Would a Patriot Act?" and "With Liberty and Justice for Some". Acclaimed as one of the 25 most influential political commentators by "The Atlantic", one of America's top 10 opinion writers by "Newsweek", and one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013 by "Foreign Policy", Greenwald is a former constitutional law and civil rights litigator. He was a columnist for "The Guardian" until October 2013 and is now a founding editor of a new media outlet, "The Intercept.". He is a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC, and various other television and radio outlets. He has won numerous awards for his NSA reporting, including the 2013 Polk Award for national security reporting, the top 2013 investigative journalism award from the Online News Association, the Esso Award for Excellence in Reporting (the Brazilian equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and the 2013 Pioneer Award from Electronic Frontier Foundation. He also received the first annual I. F. Stone Award for Independent Journalism in 2009 and a 2010 Online Journalism Award for his investigative work on the arrest and detention of Chelsea Manning. In 2013, Greenwald led the "Guardian" reporting that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Journalist Glenn Greenwald says he and his team weighed the public's interest against the potential harm to innocent people when deciding how many of Edward Snowden's leaked documents to make public. More at

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Monday, May 12, 2014

The journalist, who received a cache of highly classified documents, says no one disputes that the security agency should be reading emails from al-Qaida, but the system has become too powerful. More at

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