Dark Mirror by Barton Gellman: What does this book talk about?
In 2013, Edward Snowden touched on a global controversy when he provided a broad and volatile archive of heavily secret files to Barton Gellman, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, exposing how much the American Government has access to our correspondence. The public service was awarded the Pulitzer Prize that year. This was just the beginning for Gellman, who never quit reporting. He leapt out of what Snowden gave him to monitor the U.S. surveillance state scope and methods and to explain this with incredible new clarification. On his way he challenged the past of Snowden and found crucial ways that are not in line with myth and truth. But it is not hagiographical, and Dark Mirror makes the record straight into ways which are interesting and significant. Gellman treats Snowden with reverence.
Dark Mirror is the story Barton Gellman has always been unable to write, the inside story of inquiry news as it unfolded and a detailed immersion in the security state apparatus. Gellman speaks of protests, dilemmas and turbulent incidents behind his job – in top-secret surveillance, hotel rooms in Moscow, postal law firms and newspapers, Silicon Valley corporate suites and hidden texts from unknown accounts. Gellman talks about mysteries, dilemmas and chaos. The book provides a convincing portrait of national security journalists in an effort to thief Gellman papers, under scrutiny from legal challenges, public prosecutions and international agencies. Gellman fights an escalating fight around the entire Dark Mirror against unfamiliar enemies who push him in self-defence to copy their profession.