The official movie tie-in edition to Oliver Stone's major motion picture, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Edward Swden is one of the most extraordinary whistleblowers in history. A precocious computer specialist who rapidly rose through the ranks of the U.S. intelligence community, Swden was only twenty-nine years old when he exposed the National Security Agency's mass surveillance program of citizens, which collects and stores people's phone calls, emails, and contacts. Forced to flee the country to escape federal prosecutors, he remains a controversial figure in exile, having been called, by turns, a traitor, a hero, a dissident, a patriot. Now, in these pages, award-winning Guardian correspondent Luke Harding takes us inside Swden's story, which has all the action and intrigue of a spy vel--yet is too astonishing t to be true. The Swden Files is an essential investigation of the interplay between one man and the government, between national security and the right to privacy, and how the far-reaching capabilities of digital surveillance affect us all.
Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has also covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is the author of Mafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy (2011) and The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (1997), nominated for the Orwell Prize. The film rights to WikiLeaks were sold to Dreamworks and the film, -The Fifth Estate, - came out in 2013. His books have been translated into 13 languages. Luke lives in England with his wife and their two children.