Snowden’s Place in History

You can argue that the Edward Snowden saga is the most important news story of the last 20 years. It is plausible that the events from 1980 to present will be summed up in the following way.

  1. The end of the Cold War
  2. The rise of the internet/individual
  3. The decline of state power/rise of third party actors (businesses)
  4. The decline of state legitimacy.

Edward Snowden finds himself hitting all four. In this telling portrait, Peter Maass tells the Snowden story through his hidden partner- Oscar nominated documentarian Laura Poitras. This profile is worthwhile not only because it gives a behind the scenes look at the largest intelligence leak in history , but because it showcases how the outsider can now compete with the entrenched status quo.

Every start up in the world is attempting to take on General Motors and Microsoft. Three people took on every single Western Government.

They are winning.

Source Peter Maas – New York Times Magazine

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