Glenn Greenwald, a former columnist for Britain's The
Guardian, has a book likely to come out in March. Greenwald
received classified spy documents from Snowden in clandestine
meetings in Hong Kong after he fled the United States last
The book is "about my time with Snowden in Hong Kong and
reporting the story, but mostly about the surveillance state
based on the documents I have (that The Guardian doesn't) and my
reasons why the surveillance state is menacing," he said in an
His publisher is Metropolitan Books, a unit of Henry Holt and
Co. Greenwald has also been discussing a movie deal.
The New York Times reported in October that 20th Century Fox,
Sony Pictures Entertainment and cable TV network HBO had all
considered an on-screen project. But Greenwald said that no
movie deal had yet been struck.
Potential competitor books are being prepared by Barton Gellman,
a blogger and former Washington Post reporter, and Luke Harding,
a journalist for The Guardian.
Gellman, principal author of The Washington Post's Snowden's
stories but no longer on the paper's staff, said his project
pre-dates the emergence of Snowden.
"I had already started work on a book about the surveillance
industrial society when Edward Snowden came my way. He has
certainly enriched my reporting, but I am not racing anyone to
do a quick hit on current events. My narrative will cover a
broader landscape and a wider cast of characters," Gellman said
in an email.
Neither Harding, author of The Guardian book (and co-author of
an earlier Guardian book about WikiLeaks and its controversial
founder, Julian Assange), nor a spokeswoman for The Guardian
would comment on Harding's book, which is being published under
a joint imprint The Guardian set up with British publisher Faber
A person familiar with the Guardian project, who asked to remain
anonymous, said that at the time Greenwald left the newspaper,
the two parties tentatively agreed that to ensure neither party
would have a marketing advantage, the books would be published
Snowden is believed to have downloaded many thousands of
classified NSA and British government documents, and he sparked
a debate around the world about U.S. electronic surveillance. He
was granted temporary asylum in Russia after being charged in
the United States under the Espionage Act.
One author who is staying clear of the Snowden saga is James
Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace, the first major
investigative book on NSA, which was published in 1982
"I hate crowds when it comes to books ... I'm sitting this one
out," said Bamford, who published two other books about the NSA.
(Editing by Alistair Bell and Steve
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