Edward Snowden, the former US Intelligence contractor and the world’s most famous whistleblower, announced a small media campaign ahead of publication of his book, ‘Permanent Record,’ on 17 September.
Next Monday, Snowden will join two US news shows; CBS This Morning and MSNBC’s 11th Hour with Brian Williams, where he will answer questions about his disclosure of classified US documents in 2013, which led to his involuntary exile in Hong Kong and, later, Russia, where he lives to this day.
The interviews will be one of Snowden's first direct interactions with US media in years, apart from an interview with HBO's John Oliver in 2015, according to The Hill.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Snowden sits down on Monday, September 16th for an exclusive cable news interview with Brian Williams for @MSNBC. Tune into “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” this Monday at 11pm ET.— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) September 14, 2019
In the upcoming book, Snowden will tell the story of his life, how he decided to turn whistleblower and his life in Russia.
"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 about the book.
In 2013, Snowden leaked a trove of highly classified information from the National Security Agency regarding global surveillance programs conducted by the US government, sparking widespread concerns about national security and personal privacy.