Edward Snowden – American special agent
Edward Snowden is an American technical expert and special agent, a former CIA and NSA (National Security Agency) agent. At the beginning of June 2013 Snowden gave The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers information about American surveillance for the communication between the citizens of many countries around the world with the help of existing communication networks, including information about the project the PRISM, and X-Keyscore and Tempora. According to the Pentagon report, Snowden stole 1.7 million secret files. On June 14, 2013 US authorities issue an international arrest warrant. Snowden fled from the US to Hong Kong and then to Russia, where he stayed for more than a month in the transit zone Sheremetyevo airport. On August 1, 2013 he received temporary asylum in Russia, and a year later – a three-year residence permit. He lives in Russia outside Moscow (in other more recent reports – in Moscow); his exact location has not been disclosed for security reasons.
Edward Joseph Snowden was born on June 21, 1983 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. His father, Lonnie Snowden, who lives in Pennsylvania, served in the US Coast Guard. His mother, Elizabeth Snowden, is a lawyer. Now his parents are divorced. Lonnie Snowden married Karen Haberbosch and they live in Upper Macungie Township. Edward’s elder sister, Jessica Snowden, works at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC.
In 1999, Edward together with his family moved to Ellicott City. He studied computer science at Anne Arundel Community College in Maryland. In 2011 he received master’s degree at the University of Liverpool.
From May 7 to September 28, 2004 he served in the armed forces of the USA. He left the service after breaking both legs during training. Then he worked in the NSA. After the NSA he worked in the CIA’s information security. His work was linked to computer networks security. In 2009, Edward resigned and began working in consulting companies.
One of his main interests is Japanese and East Asian popular culture, including anime, video games and martial arts. According to Spiegel magazine, Snowden is Buddhist, vegetarian, does not drink alcohol, spends a lot of time at the computer and reads books on the history of Russia.
In 2013, Snowden said that he had a wife and children. In July 2014 his longtime girlfriend Lindsay Mills came to his apartment in Moscow from Hawaii.
In March 2015 he expressed a desire to leave Russia and move to Switzerland. In March 2016, he said he would like to return to the US.