The erstwhile National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden is going to publish a memoir. The book named “Permanent Record” will be available for sale on September 17. The publisher of the book is Macmillan Publishers globally.
Snowden once was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and subcontractor in addition to the NSA. He fled to Russia after leaking thousands of classified documents to the press in 2013 which revealed the scope about the US government’s mass surveillance program.
The United States has accused him of endangering national security while his defenders praised him as a whistleblower and a privacy advocate.
He is currently facing spying charges in the United States which may send him to prison for decades. John Sargent, the CEO of Macmillan Publishers USA, said in a statement, “Edward Snowden decided at the age of 29 to give up his entire future for the good of his country.”
“He displayed enormous courage in doing so, and like him or not, his is an incredible American story,” he added. “There is no doubt that the world is a better and more private place for his actions,” Sargent further claimed.
Snowden wrote on his official Twitter handle, “I wrote a book” and included a link to a video of himself.”
“Everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we’re no longer allowed to forget,” he says in the video. “Helping to create that system is my greatest regret,” he added.