11 November 2014
Review: Another Snowden Spy Story
Another Snowden Spy Story
November 11, 2014
By John Young "Cryptome" (New York, NY)
This review is from: The
Edward Snowden Affair: Exposing the Politics and Media Behind the NSA
Michael Gurnow inches the Snowden story toward gripping journalistic fiction
in concert with previous accounts and away from dull descriptions of specifically
how NSA and its ilk accomplish their objectives. It will please readers of
spy thrillers and disappoint searchers for clues to the means to stymie the
spies. It valorizes spy stories with dramatic struggles and does nothing
to hinder the spy industry. This has been the practice of all the Snowden
accounts in newspapers, magazines, TV, documentary, film, books and talks.
For this uplifting entertainment without adverse consequence the spy industry
is most grateful, and foster the practice by providing a continous stream
of Snowden-like material to media outlets which feature "national security"
coverage and legal wrangling as headline leaders. Absent this coverage and
wrangling is any useful detailed information, the sacrosant "means and methods
of spies, which could help diminish public deception of what nations are
up to under cloak of official and commercial secrecy.
Lack of useful detail is characteristic of all the Snowden accounts, so few
of his alleged documents have been released -- somewhere between .015% and
4.3% depending on the DoD or media number used. Without documents narrative
fiction prevails in the tradition of the spy trade and ever accommodating
national security media embellishment and lawfare simulated opposition.
Snowden is reported to claim means and methods are off-limits due to potential
harm to the nation and insists media obey this hoary restriction, and all
have. Spies expect this national security obedience and get it by fueling
the privileges of press, media, entertainment and law.
This is the long-running story Gurnow retells as if written by spies as Snowden's