Snowden tells life story and why he leaked in new memoir

September 13, 2019 - 1:26 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has written a memoir, telling his life story in detail for the first time and explaining why he chose to risk his freedom to become perhaps the most famous whistleblower of all time.

Snowden says his time working for the NSA and CIA led him to conclude the U.S. intelligence community "hacked the Constitution" and put everyone's liberty at risk.

He says he had no choice but to reveal it to the world.

The book, "Permanent Record," is being released Tuesday. It offers by far the most expansive account of how he came to reveal secret details about the government's mass collection of emails, phone calls and Internet activity in the name of national security.

Snowden now lives in Russia to avoid arrest under the U.S. Espionage Act.

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