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Who Said It: Edward Snowden or Kyle West?

Weaponized by Nicholas Mennuti and David GuggenheimWe’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Weaponized, the debut novel by Nicholas Mennuti and David Guggenheim, bears an uncanny resemblance to the front page headlines we’re reading about Edward Snowden and his NSA leaks. So, for your guessing pleasure, we’ve rounded up some quotes from Snowden’s recent interview in Spiegel and lines of dialogue spoken by Kyle West, the programmer-on-the-run in Weaponized. Can you tell the difference between fact and fiction? Highlight the space after “Answer:” to reveal the source.

“Civil liberties were supposed to improve under Obama. It was supposed to be hope and change. And we were doing thirty, forty percent more domestic wiretaps under his administration.”
Answer: Kyle West

“The target’s machine doesn’t belong to them anymore; it belongs to the US government.”
Answer: Edward Snowden

“As a general rule, US-based multinationals should not be trusted until they prove otherwise.”
Answer: Edward Snowden

“Countries, nations—all outmoded terms now. We’re talking about corporations. Corporations taking the place of nation-states. Corporations paid to watch you, because they’re better at it than the government.”
Answer: Kyle West

“An investigation found the specific people who authorized the warrantless wiretapping of millions and millions of communications, which per count would have resulted in the longest sentences in world history, and our highest official simply demanded the investigation be halted. Who ‘can’ be brought up on charges is immaterial when the rule of law is not respected. Laws are meant for you, not for them.”
Answer: Edward Snowden

What else from Weaponized is playing out in real life? You’ll have to preorder a copy of the book to find out.