Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden was born on June 21, 1983. He  spend some of his childhood in Elisabeth City, N.C. and then move with his family to Maryland. Snowden studied at the Anne Arundel County Public School System in Maryland. He also took a variety of classes from Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland. Later in 2002, Snowden took a Windows systems engineering course at a for-profit entity called Advanced Career Technologies. The school offered career training in Columbia, Maryland, under the name “Computer Career Institute at Johns Hopkins University.” He told The Guardian he never received a high school diploma and didn’t complete his computer studies at a community college. Instead, he joined the Army in 2003. Later worked as a security guard for the NSA and then took a computer security job with the CIA. He left that job in 2009 and moved on to Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked as a contractor for the government in Hawaii.

Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the National Security Agency, slipped out of the U.S. in late May, traveling to Hong Kong with computers full of secret documents in order to expose what he called “horrifying” U.S. government surveillance capabilities. He began in the shadows, leaking top secret files to “The Guardian”  and “The Washington Post”, but just a few days after the first stories broke, Snowden stepped into the media spotlight himself, confessing to being the papers’ source and telling viewers a little bit about himself.

Seven months ago, the former National Security Administration contractor stole as many as 1.7 million highly classified documents about the U.S. government’s surveillance program and released the information to the press. The files revealed how the NSA forced American technology companies to reveal customer information, often without individual warrants, and how data from global phone and Internet networks was secretly intercepted.

Snowden has revealed himself as the source of documents outlining a massive effort by the U.S. National Security Agency to track cell phone calls and monitor the e-mail and Internet traffic of virtually all Americans. He himself answered the question, why did he do all this? He said “he just wanted the public to know what the government was doing”. He dictated further “Even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded,” 

Edward Snowden

Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American computer specialist, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former National Security Agency (NSA)contractor who disclosed top secret NSA documents to several media outlets, initiating the NSA leaks, which reveal operational details of a global surveillance apparatus run by the NSA and other members of the Five Eyes alliance, along with numerous commercial and international partners.