‘I was very much a person the most powerful government in the world wanted to go away’
But in his newly published memoir and manifesto, Permanent RecordSnowden describes other handles, albeit long-defunct ones: Shrike the Knight, Corwin the Bard, Belgarion the Smith, squ33ker the precocious kid asking amateur questions about chip compatibility on an early bulletin-board service. And he still pines for it. Buy on Amazon Photograph: Macmillan No one has exposed more than Snowden how that individualistic, ephemeral, anonymous internet has ceased to exist. Perhaps it was always a myth.
Although Snowden feels justified in what he did six years ago, he told the Guardian he was reconciled en route for being in Russia for years en route for come and was planning for his future on that basis. He reveals he secretly married his partner, Lindsay Mills, two years ago in a Russian courthouse. While he would considerably be in the US or everywhere like Germany, he is relaxed all the rage Russia, now able to lead a more or less normal daily animation. He is less fearful than after he first arrived inwhen he felt lonely, isolated and paranoid that he could be targeted in the streets by US agents seeking retribution. They did not care whether I went away to prison. They did not care whether I went away addicted to the ground. He has dispensed along with the scarves, hats and coats he once used as disguises and at once moves freely around the city, riding the metro, visiting art galleries before the ballet, joining friends in cafes and restaurants. The front page of the Guardian on 7 June Enduring Record, which is being published arrange Tuesday in more than 20 countries, charts the shift that took him from working deep inside the NSA and the CIA to Hong Kong, where he handed over a accumulation of classified documents to journalists as of the Guardian.