Edward Snowden is an American computer specialist and former contractor for the United States, widely known for having leaked classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013. He was also known as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Edward Snowden’s Biography
Edward Joseph Snowden was born on 21 June 1983 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA. He is an American by nationality and there is not much information about his parents. We know that he comes from a family that served the United States, with his maternal grandfather having served as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard, then as a senior official in the FBI, and later in 2001 working in the Pentagon.
His mother is a clerk in the US District Court for the District of Maryland. His father was an officer in the Coast Guard; Edward’s older sister was a lawyer at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. Edward Snowden served his time in the CIA and he was always expected to serve his country as his family did.
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As an adult, Edward Snowden twice had an IQ test score of 145, and he also dropped out of high school and studied at a community college with interruptions between 1999 and 2005. He may not have a degree, but that didn’t stop him from serving his country and doing what he loved best.
It was said that Edward Snowden enrolled in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces Candidate in May 2004, was recruited, and was released (for unknown reasons) four months later. Snowden has always shown and demonstrated his in-depth knowledge and love of computers, which led to the Central Intelligence Agency enlisting his services in 2006 and his transfer to Geneva a year later, where he received a job as a network security engineer under diplomatic cover. He also received top-secret clearance to support his work).
2009 – 2013
In 2009, Edward Snowden left the CIA and went to work as a private contractor for technology giants such as Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton and also the NSA. In 2013, he conducted a series of interviews with various journalists and revealed some key information about the NSA’s information-gathering routine and methods (particularly secret surveillance programs) that were introduced by the agency to gather information and violate people’s privacy.
Edward Snowden began speaking as he gathered information about NSA activities. He applied for a medical leave of absence, and when this was granted, he moved to Hong Kong where he began talking to reporters and journalists.
In 2014 there was a documentary film called “Citizenfour”, which told its story and the entire NSA espionage scandal. It premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 10, 2014, and won several prizes for its originality and plot.
This triggered a lot of controversy and lawsuits among companies. Telecommunications giants like Verizon were served a court order to hand over metadata such as the numbers dialed and the call duration of its many customers.
In the course of this interview, Snowden also revealed the existence of a data-mining program that gives the NSA, FBI and most security agencies worldwide direct access to the servers of Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft.
Snowden claimed that they (the NSA) had been hacking into Chinese computers since 2009 and that he had been working for Booz Allen Hamilton to get his evidence and proof. However, on June 14, Edward Snowden was charged by the United States with espionage, and they began talks with the Hong Kong government to extradite him.
There are currently reports that he is seeking asylum in Russia. In social media, he has an active Twitter account with over 3 million followers.
Because of all the “whistleblowing”, as some would call it, there is no information about his relationship status.
Is Edward Snowden Dead?
There have been reports that Snowden was dead and that he was killed by a group for a variety of reasons and information regarding his death. But he posted a funny Twitter post, throwing out all that rumor.
He simply said in his post that the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Interesting guy!