Edward Snowden and the Surveillance State
The first master narrative of the surveillance state containing major agenda-setting revelations
Dark Mirror is the ultimate inside account of the vast, global surveillance network that now pervades all our lives.
Barton Gellman’s informant called himself ‘Verax’ – the truth-teller. It was only later that Verax unmasked himself as Edward Snowden. But Gellman’s primary role in bringing Snowden’s revelations to light, for which he shared the Pulitzer prize, is only the beginning of this gripping real-life spy story. Snowden unlocked the door: here Gellman describes what he found on the other side over the course of a years-long journey of investigation. It is also the story of his own escalating battle against unknown digital adversaries after he discovered his own name on a file in the leaked document trove and realised that he himself was under attack.
Through a gripping narrative of paranoia, clandestine operations and jaw-dropping revelations, Dark Mirror delineates in full for the first time the hidden superstructure that connects government espionage with Silicon Valley. Who is spying on us and why? Here are the answers.
“A frightening exposé on the powerful networks watching you that you haven't even heard of. Not Sunday bedtime reading.”
Olivia Ovenden, Esquire
“Jaw-dropping ... it reads like a thriller”
New York Times on Angler
“An endlessly insightful narrative ... that deserves its place alongside All the President’s Men ... and other classics of the genre ... A riveting, timely book sure to be one of the most significant of the year”
“Until now I assumed it would take decades ... for an author (say, some future Robert Caro) to uncover and describe Cheney's secretive role”
Washington Post on Angler
“A remarkable tale extremely well told”
Financial Times on Angler