James Bamford just published a new profile of Edward Snowden in Wired. The portrait is sweeping and, occasionally, surreal. The journalist and NSA whistleblower share a pepperoni pizza ordered from room service. They listen to muzak, silently, while riding upwards in a Moscow hotel:
Snowden is about to say something as we enter the elevator, but at the last moment a woman jumps in so we silently listen to the bossa nova classic "Desafinado" as we ride to an upper floor.
But nothing beats the photograph of Snowden with former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden, apparently at a formal event, in 2011, included in Wired’s story. In December, Hayden said he was "drifting" toward calling Snowden a "traitor"; a few months before, he joked about putting Snowden on a government kill list. Three years ago, though, they were in tuxedos, and they were grinning.
Shane Harris is a senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, covering intelligence and cyber security. He is the author of The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State, which chronicles the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Economist named it one of the best books of 2010. Shane is the winner of the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of 35. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, he was the senior writer for The Washingtonian and a staff correspondent at National Journal.| The Complex |