No Place to Hide
Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance StateBook - 2014
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The day after the package arrived, during the week of May 20, Laura told me we needed to speak urgently, but only through **OTR (off-the-record) chat, an encrypted instrument for talking online securely**. I had used OTR previously, and managed to _install the chat program (macOS/linux: Adium®), signed up for an account_, and added Laura’s user name to my “buddy list.” She showed up instantly. ++page 16++
The email began: “The security of people’s communications is very important to me,” and *its stated purpose was to urge me to being using **PGP encryption*** so that “Cincinnatus” could communicate things in which, he said, he was certain I would be interested. **Invented in 1991, PGP stands for “pretty good privacy.” It has been developed into a sophisticated tool to shield email and other forms of online communication from surveillance and hacking.** ++page 7++
The contact came in the form of an email from someone calling himself **Cincinnatus**, a reference to *Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus*, the Roman farmer who, in the fifth century BC, was appointed dictator of Rome to defend the city against attack. *He is most remembered for what he did after vanquishing Rome’s enemies: he immediately and voluntarily gave up political power and returned to farming life. Hailed as a “model of civic virtue,” Cincinnatus has become a symbol of the use of political power in the public interest and the worth of limiting or even relinquishing individual power for the greater good.*
On **December 1, 2012**, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him.
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