“I Wish I’d Written It”

Spy novelist Alex Berenson reflects on the Edward Snowden affair:

FOR a spy novelist like me, the Edward J. Snowden story has everything. A man driven by ego and idealism — can anyone ever distinguish the two? — leaves his job and his beautiful girlfriend behind. He must tell the world the Panopticon has arrived. His masters vow to punish him, and he heads for Moscow in a desperate search for refuge. In reality he’s found the world’s most dangerous place to be a dissident, where power is a knife blade and a sprinkle of polonium. For now he’s safe. He’s of use to his new Russian friends. But if they change their minds …

Related: BuzzFeed profiles journalist and former-lawyer Glenn Greenwald, the American living in Brazil who writes for the British newspaper The Guardian.

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