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Edward Snowden

American Whistleblower and Former National Security Agency Contractor

Edward Joseph Snowden (born 21 June 1983) is a former contractor who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) of the United States. He released top secret NSA documents. His job at the NSA allowed him access to them. He has said, "I do not want to live in a world where anything I do or say is recorded."

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden.jpg
Screen capture from the interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, June 6, 2013
Born (1983-06-21) June 21, 1983 (age 36)[1]
ResidenceRussia
OccupationSystem administrator

Snowden traveled to Moscow after giving the documents to American journalists in Hong Kong. He had asylum in Russia for one year. Then he was granted permission to stay in the country for three more years.[2] This has increased tensions between Russia and the United States.

In 2013 Snowden was voted Person of the Year by The Guardian.[3]

After Snowden published information that pointed to mass surveillance by the US government, NPR reported sales of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell had gone up.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ackerman, Spencer (June 10, 2013). "Edward Snowden failed in attempt to join US army's elite special forces unit". The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 10, 2013. The army did confirm Snowden's date of birth: June 21, 1983.
  2. Tran, Alec Luhn Mark (7 August 2014). "Edward Snowden given permission to stay in Russia for three more years" – via www.theguardian.com.
  3. Rice-Oxley, Mark; Haddou, Leila; Perraudin, Frances (9 December 2013). "Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013" – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/06/11/190615813/book-news-sales-of-orwell-s-1984-leap-after-nsa-revelations

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