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“Saints and Dragons, Edward Snowden in His Own Words” By Political Writer Claude Brickell Argues To Pardon The Alleged Traitor; Print Edition Now Available At Barnes and Noble and  barnesandnoble.com

NEW YORK, NY – 11/29/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) — Saints and Dragons, Edward Snowden in His Own Words by political writer Claude Brickell is now available in print in stores at Barnes and Noble Nook Books and online at barnesandnoble.com by publisher Bric Books. The books gives readers the first real look at Snowden’s actions about what he actually did, why he did it and the message he is sending to the American people regarding “why privacy matters.”  According to Brickell, Edward Snowden speaks particularly to his own “post-terror generation” seeking to educate the public and vindicate himself.

In early 2013, a subcontractor employee of the National Security Agency began leaking information about mass surveillance conducted by the US intelligence organization, information about which the employee Edward Snowden believed the public had a right to know. Since that time, he has been branded a traitor by many.  But the majority sees him as a hero who risked his life to disclose unscrupulous government practices that not only affect every American citizen, but the peoples of the entire world, U.S. allies included.

“Edward Snowden is experiencing the irony of the whistleblower: a man who released vast troves of secret information has had his own story redacted,” comments Brickell.

Brickell covers President Barak Obama’s comments on talks with intelligence agencies on whether to grant Edward Snowden a pardon. President Barak Obama evasively remarked, “I want to leave it to the courts and the attorney general to weigh in publically on the specifics of Mr. Snowden’s case.”  Snowden is the whistleblower who disclosed to the American public and to the world mass surveillance on the part of the National Security Agency of private citizens: Americans and millions of others worldwide.  Thus, in Brickell’s view, the issue of a pardon is very much on the table.

Offering three reasons for a possible pardon, Brickell comments, “Obama himself has stated: ‘I think that Mr. Snowden raised some legitimate concerns,’ he has nothing to lose as he’s not up for reelection nor are House and Senate members for another two years and the American public is waiting for some sort of closure on the issue before Obama leaves office.  Add to that the overwhelming number of Americans under the age of thirty who believe Snowden did the right thing.”

Brickell’s book concludes with a remark by former President Bill Clinton regarding the Snowden issue, “We cannot change the character of our country or compromise the future of our people by creating a national security state which takes away the liberty and privacy we propose to advance.  Don’t kill the goose that laid the golden egg.”

eBook publishers Thought Catalog editorial review comments, “What has been reported on Snowden until now has focused primarily on the damage the American government believes he has done to the intelligence community. But his own message has largely gone unreported. While his generation overwhelmingly supports his actions, they rarely read newspapers, magazines or watch network TV news–and they’re missing core of his philosophy. This book wraps up the Snowden doctrine into one single source–short, to the point, and as provocative as you’d imagine.”

Saints and Dragons, Edward Snowden in His Own Words is available in print, ebook and audiobook nationwide.

CLAUDE BRICKELL: BARNES AND NOBLE BOOKS

ISBN: 9781538001875

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/saints-and-dragons-claude-brickell/1124691639?ean=9781538001875

PAPERBACK: $10.99          publisher: Bric Books

EBOOK: $5.49                     publisher: Thought Catalog

AUDIOBOOK: $9.99            publisher: Audiobooks

Claude Brickell is a New York-based fiction, non-fiction and political writer.  His formal education was with the American College and the Sorbonne in Paris, Oxford University in England and New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  He has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.  His political blog What’s New? focuses on his controversial opinions of current events.  He has also written for other blogs such as Thought Catalog with 35 million subscribers.  He is a Vietnam-era veteran, serving with NATO, and a former professional ice hockey player.

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