Dark Mirror

Title:                      Dark Mirror

Author:                 Barton Gellman

Gellman, Barton (2016). Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State. New York: Penguin Group

OCLC:    929055996



Date Posted:      April 28, 2017

Reviewed in The Intelligencer[1]

When Edward Snowden aimed to spill large troves of classified US secrets, interest was drawn to a tiny sliver of them that dealt with government surveillance of its own citizens (read: terrorists). Gellman reached out to Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras—all of whom smelled Pulitzers-in-the-making. Gellman helped the Washington Post win two Pulitzer Prizes and was certain this leak would clinch a third. Gellman used his exchanges with Snowden as a springboard for further investigation into national security, as shown here in a big-picture look at today’s surveillance state offering more leaks and revelations about the alliance between big technology and telecom companies and the Bush and Obama administrations.

[1] Reviewed in The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies (22, 3, Winter 2016-17, pp. 135-136 ).

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