AKA Edward Joseph Snowden
Birthplace: Elizabeth City, NC
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Libertarian
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: NSA Whistleblower
Military service: US Army Reserve (2004, four months; discharged after training injury)
In May 2013, Snowden leaked classified PowerPoint presentation documents to the Guardian and The Washington Post, describing the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, which purport to prove the wholesale collection of content from various top Internet properties including Google, Facebook, and Skype.
From his Guardian interview:
The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your e-mails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your e-mails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.
I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under.
Snowden took leave of Booz Allen under the pretext of seeking treatment for epilepsy, using this as an excuse to relocate to Hong Kong, and his employment was subsequently terminated. At the end of June he flew to Russia, spending the next five weeks in the international zone of the Moscow airport. Russia eventually granted him political asylum for one year, and later a three-year residency permit.
Father: Lonnie Glenn Snowden, Jr. (Coast Guard)
Mother: Elizabeth Wendy Barrett
Sister: Jessica (lawyer, Federal Judicial Center)
Girlfriend: Lindsay Mills (together since 2012)
High School: Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD (1997-98, dropped out)
University: Anne Arundel Community College (attended 1999-2005)
Booz Allen Hamilton System Administrator, contractor for NSA (2013)
Dell Contractor for NSA, likely via Perot Systems subsidiary
CIA employee (2007-09)
Champion of Freedom 2-Jun-2014
Mishandling Classified Materials conveying classified information (charged Jun-2013)
Mishandling Classified Materials disclosing communications intelligence (charged Jun-2013)
Theft of government property (charged Jun-2013)
Granted Asylum for three years, by Russia
Risk Factors: Epilepsy
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