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Snowden relaxed, jocular on revelations, book says

Published on May 13, 2014 3:58 AM
 
Edward Snowden was profoundly at peace with his decision to leak national security documents, and even joked about the consequences, journalist Glenn Greenwald says in a new book. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Edward Snowden was "profoundly at peace" with his decision to leak national security documents, and even joked about the consequences, journalist Glenn Greenwald says in a new book.

"I call the bottom bunk at Gitmo," Snowden joked, referring to the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says the book to be released Tuesday, excerpts of which were published Monday in The Guardian.

Greenwald, recounting the series of discussions last year in Hong Kong when the former National Security Agency contractor decided to reveal his identity, said Snowden appeared to sleep soundly and was "completely refreshed the next day" despite the tension.

"Snowden had seemed unbothered" by the prospect of facing US prosecution for releasing the classified materials on NSA surveillance programs, Greenwald wrote, adding that "a giddy gallows humor crept into our dealings."

 
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