101 Facts About Edward Snowden

1. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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2. Edward Snowden revealed that the Government was accessing communications and data collected by the USA's National Security Agency and other countries' intelligence agencies.

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3. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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4. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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5. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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6. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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7. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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8. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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9. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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10. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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11. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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12. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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13. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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14. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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15. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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16. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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17. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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18. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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19. Edward Snowden is an American computer professional, privacy activist, former CIA employee, former NSA contractor, famous as a whistleblower who leaked classified information related to global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA.

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20. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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21. Edward Snowden made a similar video link appearance on February 2, 2015, along with Greenwald, as the keynote speaker at the World Affairs Conference at Upper Canada College in Toronto.

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22. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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23. Edward Snowden participated by teleconference carried over multiple routers running the Google Hangouts platform.

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24. Edward Snowden was voted as The Guardians person of the year 2013, garnering four times the number of votes as any other candidate.

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25. Edward Snowden said he would request asylum in Russia until he resolved his travel problems.

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26. Edward Snowden added that Venezuela's grant of asylum formalized his asylee status, removing any basis for state interference with his right to asylum.

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27. Edward Snowden said the US wanted him to stay in Moscow so "they could say, 'Edward Snowden's a Russian spy.

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28. Edward Snowden asserted "a planeload of reporters documented the seat I was supposed to be in" when he was ticketed for Havana, but the US cancelled his passport.

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29. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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30. Edward Snowden said the US government urged him not to specify by name which companies were involved, but Gellman decided that to name them "would make it real to Americans.

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31. Edward Snowden contacted Greenwald anonymously as "Cincinnatus" and said he had sensitive documents that he would like to share.

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32. Edward Snowden was interested in Japanese popular culture, had studied the Japanese language, and worked for an anime company that had a resident office in the US Edward Snowden said he had a basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese and was deeply interested in martial arts.

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33. In 2015, Edward Snowden earned over $200,000 from digital speaking engagements in the United States.

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34. Edward Snowden said that in the 2008 presidential election, he voted for a third-party candidate.

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35. Edward Snowden was reportedly interested in Japanese popular culture, had studied the Japanese language, and worked for an anime company that had a resident office in the United States.

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36. Edward Snowden still cannot travel outside of Russia for fear of being landed with a US extradition request.

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37. Edward Snowden talks at the Sam Adams Award award ceremony in October 2013 about the secret surveillance he revealed and its dangers to democracy.

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38. Edward Snowden worked in various roles within the US Intelligence Community, including serving undercover for the CIA overseas.

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39. Edward Snowden is a 31 year old US citizen, former Intelligence Community officer and whistleblower.

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40. Edward Snowden accepted a position with the CIA after attending a job fair that was dedicated to intelligence agencies.

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41. Edward Snowden was in love with Japanese culture as a young teenager, and at some point in his life, he worked for an anime company in Maryland and had always dreamed of visiting Tokyo.

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42. Edward Snowden was quick to respond to these allegations through his Twitter handle, and stated, "They claim without evidence that I am in cahoots with the Russians.

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43. Edward Snowden was enlisted in the US Army, he was passionate about the Iraq War and wanted to join the Special Forces.

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44. Edward Snowden is an ex-CIA agent who leaked United States confidential information to a few news agencies about the existence of a data mining government program christened PRISM.

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45. Edward Snowden earned the right for an asylum for one year from the Russian authorities.

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46. Edward Snowden was dating his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, throughout his career as an NSA contractor, but she was not intimately aware of what he was doing.

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47. Edward Snowden is the subject of Oliver Stone's new movie, "Snowden", which premieres in theaters on Sep 16, 2016.

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48. Edward Snowden has given several days of interviews to The Guardian alone, filming and recording interviews with several other outlets.

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49. Since the call for his arrest, Edward Snowden has requested a fair trial and to be pardoned.

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50. Edward Snowden currently is living in exile in Russia and is considering becoming a Russian citizen.

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51. Edward Snowden took on a habit of copying all of the NSA documents that he could get his hands on.

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52. Edward Snowden continued to work at the CIA until he was suspended from his job for trying to break into secret government files.

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53. Edward Snowden had a brief stint in the military during the summer of 2004.

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54. Edward Snowden was not in high school for long before he dropped out.

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55. Edward Snowden was charged with espionage by the United States on June 14, 2013.

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56. Edward Snowden took a leave of absence and flew to Hong Kong, China on May 20, 2013.

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57. Edward Snowden was born in North Carolina, and his family moved to central Maryland, a short distance from NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, when he was a child.

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58. In 2014, Edward Snowden was named among Time's 100 Most Influential People in the world.

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59. Edward Snowden was named Time′s Person of the Year runner-up in 2013, behind Pope Francis.

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60. Edward Snowden was voted as The Guardian's person of the year 2013, garnering four times the number of votes than any other candidate.

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61. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba[195] but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he was "stopped en route" despite an intention to be "only transiting through Russia.

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62. Edward Snowden was reportedly interested in Japanese popular culture, had studied the Japanese language, and worked for an anime company that had a resident office in the US.

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63. In an open letter from May 2017, Edward Snowden joined 600 activists urging President Trump to drop an investigation and any potential charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for his role in classified intelligence leaks.

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64. On September 13, 2016, Edward Snowden said in an interview with The Guardian that he would seek a pardon from President Obama.

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65. Edward Snowden appeared with Poitras and Greenwald via video-conference in February 2015.

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66. Edward Snowden remained in hiding for slightly more than a month.

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67. On May 20, 2013, Edward Snowden took a flight to Hong Kong, China, where he remained as he orchestrated a clandestine meeting with journalists from the UK.

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68. Edward Snowden dropped out of high school and studied computers at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.

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69. Edward Snowden was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on June 21, 1983.

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70. Edward Snowden is a computer programmer who worked as a subcontractor for the National Security Agency (NSA).

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71. Edward Snowden has found asylum in Russia and continues to speak about his work.

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72. Edward Snowden collected top-secret documents regarding NSA domestic surveillance practices that he found disturbing and leaked them.

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73. On March 19, 2016, Edward Snowden delivered the opening keynote address of the LibrePlanet conference, a meeting of international free software activists and developers presented by the Free Software Foundation.

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74. In 2015, Edward Snowden earned over $200,000 from digital speaking engagements in the US.

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75. On September 15, 2014, Edward Snowden appeared via remote video link, along with Julian Assange, on Kim Dotcom's Moment of Truth town hall meeting held in Auckland.

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76. Edward Snowden said he would gladly return to the US if given immunity from prosecution, but that he was more concerned about alerting the public about abuses of government authority.

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77. Edward Snowden said that the NSA was "setting fire to the future of the internet", and that the SXSW audience was "the firefighters.

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78. In March 2014, Edward Snowden spoke at the South by Southwest Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas, in front of 3,500 attendees.

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79. Edward Snowden gave written testimony in which he said that he was seeking asylum in the EU, but that he was told by European Parliamentarians that the US would not allow EU partners to make such an offer.

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80. Edward Snowden said in December 2013 that he was "inspired by the global debate" ignited by the leaks and that NSA's "culture of indiscriminate global espionage.

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81. On June 23, 2013, Edward Snowden landed at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport aboard a commercial Aeroflot flight from Hong Kong.

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82. In November 2014, Germany announced that Edward Snowden had not renewed his previously denied request and was not being considered for asylum.

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83. Edward Snowden said he remained in Russia because "when we were talking about possibilities for asylum in Latin America, the United States forced down the Bolivian President's plane", citing the Morales plane incident.

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84. Edward Snowden said in July 2013 that he decided to bid for asylum in Russia because he felt there was no safe way to reach Latin America.

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85. Edward Snowden had a seat reserved to continue to Cuba but did not board that onward flight, saying in a January 2014 interview that he intended to transit through Russia but was stopped en route.

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86. In October 2013, Edward Snowden said that before flying to Moscow, he gave all the classified documents he had obtained to journalists he met in Hong Kong, and kept no copies for himself.

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87. Edward Snowden told the Post that "the United States government has committed a tremendous number of crimes against Hong Kong [and] the PRC as well", going on to identify Chinese Internet Protocol addresses that the NSA monitored and stating that the NSA collected text-message data for Hong Kong residents.

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88. Edward Snowden told the South China Morning Post that he planned to remain in Hong Kong for as long as its government would permit.

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89. Edward Snowden vowed to challenge any extradition attempt by the US government, and engaged a Hong Kong-based Canadian human rights lawyer Robert Tibbo as a legal adviser.

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90. In May 2013, Edward Snowden took a leave of absence, telling his supervisors he was returning to the mainland for epilepsy treatment, but instead left Hawaii for Hong Kong where he arrived on May 20.

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91. In January 2014, Edward Snowden said his "breaking point" was "seeing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress.

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92. Edward Snowden said in a January 2014 interview with German television that the NSA does not limit its data collection to national security issues, accusing the agency of conducting industrial espionage.

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93. In May 2013, Edward Snowden was permitted temporary leave from his position at the NSA in Hawaii, on the pretext of receiving treatment for his epilepsy.

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94. Edward Snowden communicated using encrypted email, and going by the codename "Verax".

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95. That same month, Edward Snowden explained that he himself has not produced the communiques in question because of the ongoing nature of the dispute, disclosing for the first time that "I am working with the NSA in regard to these records and we're going back and forth, so I don't want to reveal everything that will come out.

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96. In a May 2014 interview, Edward Snowden told NBC News that after bringing his concerns about the legality of the NSA spying programs to officials, he was told to stay silent on the matter.

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97. Edward Snowden elaborated in January 2014, saying "[I] made tremendous efforts to report these programs to co-workers, supervisors, and anyone with the proper clearance who would listen.

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98. Edward Snowden has said that he had told multiple employees and two supervisors about his concerns, but the NSA disputes his claim.

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99. Edward Snowden was offered a position on the NSA's elite team of hackers, Tailored Access Operations, but turned it down to join Booz Allen.

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100. The former colleague said Edward Snowden was given full administrator privileges with virtually unlimited access to NSA data.

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101. Edward Snowden disputed the memo, saying in January 2014, "I never stole any passwords, nor did I trick an army of co-workers.

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