Author of book on Snowden’s NSA files reveals how his work started to ‘self-delete’ before his eyes even as he wrote it
- Author Luke Harding claims his work ‘self-deleted’ in front of his eyes
- He was writing on the link between NSA and Silicon Valley at the time
- Harding still doesn’t know what, or who, was responsible
By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 21 February 2014
The author of The Snowden Files, the book that claims to tell the inside story of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, has revealed some of the very odd things that happened while he was writing it.
Writing in the Guardian, Luke Harding tells eye-opening tales of possible spooks, surveillance, strange meetings and suspicion.
Yet the weirdest experience that Harding relates is when his work-in-progress began to self-delete, with the words disappearing before his eyes. He still doesn’t know what, or who, was responsible.
Creepy? Luke Harding (right) who wrote the The Snowden Files book (left) about the whistleblower’s NSA leaks has revealed some very odd things happened to him while he was working on it
The journalist explained that the alarming incident happened on his own computer at his family home in England in September last year.
It happened after it seemed his laptop could have been tampered with and he met a American who he believed was a CIA spy in Brazil.
Harding was writing a chapter on the links between the NSA and Silicon Valley.
Then, as he explains in the Guardian article: ‘Something odd happened. The paragraph I had just written began to self-delete.
Odd: Harding said the book began to self-delete before his eyes at one point. And he still doesn’t know what, or who, was responsible
‘The cursor moved rapidly from the left, gobbling text. I watched my words vanish. When I tried to close my OpenOffice file the keyboard began flashing and bleeping,’ he wrote.
Harding writes that similar incidents occurred over the next few months, then suddenly stopped before his book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man was finished.
The author recalls that he used to write messages for what he believed was his secret reader, but he never got any response.
‘All authors expect criticism. But criticism before publication by an anonymous, divine third party is something novel,’ Harding added.
Listening in? The NSA building in San Antonio, Texas, which is a hub of classified activity
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