Snowden launches media tour ahead of book release

Snowden launches media tour ahead of book release
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Edward Snowden will join two U.S. news shows in the coming days to promotes the release of his memoir.

Snowden, the 36-year-old former intelligence analyst who was responsible for leaking information about the National Security Agency's global and domestic surveillance programs, currently lives in Russia after he applied for political asylum following he fled from the U.S.


He is set to join both "CBS This morning" and MSNBC's Brian Williams on Monday, where Snowden will face questions about his 2013 disclosure of leaked documents as well as his book, "Permanent Record," set to be published on Sept. 17.

"Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down," his publisher said last month.

“Edward Snowden decided at the age of 29 to give up his entire future for the good of his country,” John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan publishers, added. “He displayed enormous courage in doing so, and like him or not, his is an incredible American story. There is no doubt that the world is a better and more private place for his actions. Macmillan is enormously proud to publish ‘Permanent Record.’”

The interviews will mark some of Snowden's first with U.S. media in years, though the former analyst sat down with HBO's John Oliver in 2015.