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What is Snowden’s motivation for including such extensive material about his childhood and early adulthood before becoming involved in the Intelligence Community?

Snowden’s notoriety is entirely built around his actions as an Intelligence Community whistleblower in his late-twenties, yet his memoir does not reach his involvement with the IC or his decision to become a whistleblower until Parts 2 and 3. By dedicating a third of his memoir to material not directly connected to why the public is interested in him, Snowden seeks to make himself more relatable and, as an extension, make the reader more sympathetic to his later actions.

How does Snowden suggest that his family background influences his behavior?

Snowden is at pains to point out that his immediate family is from a public-service background with both his father and maternal grandfather working for the Coast Guard and his mother being employed by the...

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