Luke Harding introduced by Samanth Subramanian

 

Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America’s National Security Agency, blew the whistle on the way this frighteningly powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The consequences shook the leaders of nations worldwide. This is the inside story of Snowden’s deeds and the journalists who faced down pressure from the U.S. and UK governments to break a remarkable scoop. From the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Hawaii with a hard drive full of secrets to the weeks of secret-spilling in Hong Kong and his battle for asylum, Luke Harding, who was one of the journalists at the heart of the story, tells Snowden’s story in a manner resembling a globe-trotting thriller.