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Edward Lucas
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In his sensational new book, Economist senior editor Edward Lucas lays bare the naïveté, hypocrisy and sinister background surrounding Edward Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence contractor now living in Moscow. "The Snowden Operation", demolishes Snowden's claim to be a whistleblower. Drawing on 30 years' experience observing the world of intelligence, Lucas depicts Snowden as at best reckless and naïve, and at worst a saboteur. He stole far more secrets than were necessary to make his case and did so in a deliberately damaging matter. Any benefits to the public debate about issues such as meta-data and encryption are far outweighed by the damage done to the West’s security, diplomacy and economic interests.

“The Snowden Operation” highlights the inconsistencies and puzzles in the account of events given by the “Snowdenistas”. It explains how Russia could have sponsored Snowden’s data heist -- the greatest disaster ever to hit Western intelligence, and one whose effects have neatly suited Vladimir Putin’s Russia.


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About the Author

Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist. A former foreign correspondent with 30 years’ experience in Russian and east European affairs, he is the author of, among other publications, Deception (2011), which deals with east-west espionage, and The New Cold War (2008), which gave warning of the threat posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. He is a non-resident fellow at CEPA, a think-tank in Washington, DC. He lives in London and is married to the writer Cristina Odone. He tweets as @edwardlucas. For more details, see edwardlucas.com/about

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a counterbalance awash with citations February 9, 2014
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Edward Lucas throws a counter weight on the public idol fixation on the personality of Edward snowden. The author does not seek to discredit snowdens personality, but rather aims to draw criticism on his methods of disclosure.

At 99 cents, it's hard to argue against reading a well cited and reasoned opinion that goes against the grain.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "None of which is proven" March 16, 2014
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A good summary of what has been leaked so far along with an estimate of the damages this has entailed. Makes a strong case that if Snowden was a whistleblower, his releases would have been limited to just the (allegedly) illegal domestic spying and not exposed US and allied capabilities against Russia, China, and Iran.

The argument that Snowden was being worked by the Russians is generally weak and unnecessarily damages the credibility of the rest book. It borders on conspiracy theory with all of the attendant "of course, I can't prove any of this..."
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Analysis of damage March 4, 2014
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Saw editorial in Wall Street Journal and decided to read this book. Deals with damage to intelligence community but helpful to understand process. He is not complimentary of Snowden but defends NSA process. It is more conservative than I am about secrecy but I liked his logic and writing.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobel Peace Prize or Prison? March 5, 2014
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The jury is still out on that phrase but read this book then think for yourself. It will be well worth the short time it will take you so do it.
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20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fictional account shows the author's prejudices May 10, 2014
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There are incredible amounts of information now available about Edward Snowden and about the NSA's programs with which he was involved. Dozens of books have been published, discussing the leaks and the leaker. A large number of quality authors have put their minds to the task, reviewed all of the evidence that is available to them, and produced useful analyses of what Snowden did and what it revealed about the NSA and other government institutions.

Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Instead, Mr Lucas seems intent on demonising Snowden and anyone he has dealt with (outside, of course, the US government and its agencies). He has invented claims from whole cloth, failing to provide any evidence to substantiate any of his imaginings.

This author makes much of Snowden's presence in Moscow, while ignoring why he is there rather than back home. When the US and its allies illegally deny him passage, where can he go? When the US illegally searches a diplomat's plane, thinking that their target might be on there, there is a problem - what other country can break international law with impunity? Russia?

The author ignores the immense damage that the NSA has done to the security of the Internet, the security of individuals, and the economy of the US. Instead, these are blamed on the person who has revealed the agency's lies. Somehow the fact that the NSA did not consider the consequences of its actions (which would have been learned, if not through Snowden then through one of the other thousands of people with similar access) is blamed not on the agency but on the person who revealed its actions. The fact that laws have been changed to retrospectively permit the NSA to do what it has been done does not seem important to Mr Lucas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Snowden is a traitor July 24, 2014
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The book is well written, and insightful. I would recommend this book for a good read for the summer.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for it March 6, 2014
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This book only provides the opinion of the author with regards to Snowden. I guess I though this book would provide the reader with a background of Snowden and the major events that led up to the leaks. This is really a one-sided view (negative) of Snowden's acts of aggression towards the US security community.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did Not break new ground April 14, 2014
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It was quite interesting but it devolved into a technical discussion and was a bit more academic than I expected a story like this to be and it tended to fade away from the middle when there was less emphasis on Snowden. A learned writer who has done an earnest job but I was hoping for for more current information on what is going on,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I was left wanting more as it was so good. I do hope there is an...
I found this book most valuable as giving context, explanation and reasoned opinion. Pity it was so short. I was left wanting more as it was so good. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Stuart Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful & pragmatic look at the exposure of means ...
Very insightful & pragmatic look at the exposure of means and methods of US espionage agencies. The tieback to the peace movement fomented the USSR and some in western Europe is... Read more
Published 13 days ago by barryinmadison
5.0 out of 5 stars Edward Lucas provides fresh information. His writing style is ...
Edward Lucas provides fresh information. His writing style is thoughtful and fast pasted. Rated a top 2014 book by the Economist. I concur.
Published 21 days ago by Glenn Heidenreich
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ
GOOD READ - not the villain he's been portrayed to be
Published 26 days ago by stlhobbit
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Maybe it was a deep Russian plan. It fits
Published 1 month ago by Robert H. Peltier
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Sorry, but I have no recollection of ever ordering or receiving it.
Published 1 month ago by John D. Carew, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Admit it: Snowden Not a Hero
Edward Lucas reveals that Snowden is not a new type of libertarian whistleblower. Instead his actions resemble those of past cold war spies who damaged Western intelligence... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Heather Whelan
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero Objectivity
Yada yada yada, Snowden is the bad guy in league with the evil Russians. Give me a break.
Published 2 months ago by Matt Tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd is good. Someone should put a timeline together on Snowden's ...
1st couple of chapters moves along a bit slow. 3rd is good. Someone should put a timeline together on Snowden's various jobs, attendance at hacker conventions and his set-up of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adrian D Golledge
4.0 out of 5 stars and I'm glad I read it
A quick read, fairly enjoyable and informative. The author has a definite point of view, and Snowden is no hero to him. Still, the tone is measured, and I'm glad I read it.
Published 3 months ago by Randall L. Daut
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Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist. A former foreign correspondent with 30 years' experience in Russian and east European affairs, he is the author of, among other publications, Deception (2011), which deals with east-west espionage, and The New Cold War (2008), which gave warning of the threat posed by Vladimir Putin's Russia. He is a non-resident fellow at CEPA, a think-tank in Washington, DC. He lives in London and is married to the writer Cristina Odone. He tweets as @edwardlucas. For more details, see edwardlucas.com/about


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