Snowden solicits friends and acquaintances for biography

Snowden solicits friends and acquaintances for biography
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Edward Snowden is soliciting people who know him to help tell his story.

In a Wednesday tweet, the former NSA contractor on the lam directed followers who had a relationship with him to contact author Barton Gellman for a book.

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“Did you work with me? Have we talked since 2013? Please recontact me securely, or talk to @bartongellman. It's time,” he wrote. 

Gellman, currently a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, was a key figure in The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of Snowden-leaked documents in 2013.  

In a message, complete with cryptographic signature so security-conscious Snowden contacts will know it is real, Gellman explained the project. 

The message reads, in part: “I'm writing a book for Penguin Press called DARK MIRROR:Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State. I want to hear from anyone who has first-hand information on either. It need not be some deep dark secret.”

Gellman went on to explain he is looking for people who can describe what Snowden as a person in any phase of Snowden’s adult life before he leaked his cache of documents. He also asked to talk to people who staffed the surveillance programs Snowden revealed. 

Recognizing the risk involved in discussing shadowy programs, Gellman offered to communicate in any secure fashion. 

“Agree with him or not, I'd like to hear from you,” he wrote.