Snowden’s Real ‘Permanent Record’

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Cipher Brief Expert Mark Kelton is a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency executive who retired in 2015 with 34 years of experience in intelligence operations.  He led the Intelligence investigation for the CIA into Edward Snowden’s activities once he fled the U.S. in 2013.

Speaking in 1978, journalist David Frost wryly observed that “whereas former secret agents in Britain tend to defect to the Russians, in America former secret agents tend to defect to their publishers”.  With the publishing of his reputedly self-authored Permanent Record, Edward Snowden has now done both.

The Cipher Brief has become the most popular outlet for former intelligence officers; no media outlet is even a close second to The Cipher Brief in terms of the number of articles published by formers.” —Sept. 2018, Studies in Intelligence, Vol. 62

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