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

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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
Avant de devenir journaliste-investigateur, Glenn Greenwald a ete avocat constitutionnel. Il a travaille pour le "Guardian" et ses articles ont aussi ete publies par le "New York Times" et le "Los Angeles Times". Il a obtenu de nombreux prix. Le temoignage qu'il a recueilli d'Edward Snowden avec son associee, la documentaliste Laura Poitras, a declenche un seisme diplomatique mondial.Il vient de creer un nouveau media finance par Pierre Omidyar, le fondateur d'eBay, et noue des partenariats avec les plus grands journaux du monde, en France avec "Le Monde" (Cf. n du 22/10/2013). Il vit a Rio.

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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