This is a fascinating account of the very analog part of the Edward Snowden leak: how he moved the documents from point A to point B. It involves code words and, surprisingly, the United States Postal Service. The piece also points out that, while the narrative of the leak is fairly well known at this point, the story from Snowden's point of view still hasn't been told by Snowden.

“We would call the unnamed source the “architect” and refer to the mysterious shipment as “architectural materials.” The recipient of the package would be called the “sink.” Should that person prove to be unavailable, I would find a backup choice, whom we would call the “other sink.” The NSA or FBI would be called the “co-op board” — a tribute to the truculent nature of such boards in New York City. And if either of us wrote, “The carpenter quit the job,” that meant it was time to start over with a new plan.”