Who: Former NSA and CIA technical contractor and whistleblower.
What: The US and European telephone metadata and PRISM and Tempora Internet surveillance programs.
Where: Currently in Moscow seeking asylum in Ecuador.
Why: He explained his actions saying: “I don’t want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.
When: Born June 21, 1983.
“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong” – Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden is the man responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history. The US Army veteran, where he was honourably discharged after breaking both his legs in a training accident, he went to work as a NSA security guard, then the CIA as IT security. He was a technical contractor working for Booz Allen Hamilton when the stories were made public. Beginning on June 6, 2013, Snowden’s revelations were published, mainly by the Guardian newspaper:
- The NSA has been monitoring Internet traffic in realtime via PRISM.
- The NSA collected data from over 120 million Verizon subscribers
- The NSA collected global electronic information via Boundless Informant
- During the 2009 G-20 Summit, the British intelligence agency GCHQ intercepted the communications of foreign diplomats
- The GCHQ has been intercepting and storing mass quantities of fiber-optic traffic via Tempora.
In response, the US government launched a criminal investigation. Snowden left Hong Kong for Moscow on June 23rd, seeking asylum in Ecuador. His plane ticket and lodgings are being funded by Wikileaks and Julian Assange.