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Basic Bio

Name: Edward Snowden

IPA: ɛdwərd snodən


Country of Residence: USA (until 2013), Hong Kong (2013), Russia (since 2013)


City of Residence: Moscow


Age: Born 21st June 1983


Government Bodies: CIA & NSA


Notoriety: Revealing illegal mass civilian survailence programs run by the USA government





May 7, 2004

Enlists in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate.


September 28, 2004

Snowden leaves the Army Reserve.



Works for Booz Allen Hamilton, assigned to a team in Hawaii.


May 16, 2013

Snowden has his first direct exchange with Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman.


May 20, 2013

Snowden leaves for Hong Kong.


May 24, 2013

In an e-mail to Gellman, Snowden requests that the Post publish, within 72 hours, information about PRISM, an illegal surveillance program that gathers personal information from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and many more digital facilites.


June 5, 2013

The Guardian reports that the U.S. government has obtained a secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the NSA.


June 6, 2013

The Guardian and the Washington Post disclose the existence of PRISM, a program they say allows the NSA to extract the details of customer activities, including "audio and video recordings and chats, photographs, e-mails, documents" and other materials from computers at Microsoft, Google, Apple and other Internet companies.


June 9, 2013

The Guardian and Washington Post disclose Edward Snowden as their source for the intelligence related leaks.


June 9, 2013

Booz Allen Hamilton releases a statement confirming that Snowden has been an employee of their firm.


June 12, 2013

The South China Morning Post publishes an interview with Snowden in which he says that U.S. intelligence agents have been hacking networks around the world for years.


June 17, 2013

During a live online chat, the person identified as Snowden by Britain's Guardian newspaper insists that U.S. authorities have access to phone calls, e-mails and other communications far beyond constitutional bounds.


June 18, 2013

Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce argues that the PRISM program has helped stop a number of alleged terrorist attacks. This argument is not accepted by the public or foreign governments with the exception of the UK.


June 21, 2013

Federal prosecutors unseal a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on June 14, 2013, charging Snowden with espionage and theft of government property. Appearing to try a different technique to the usual false sex crimes charges they bring against most government critics such as Julian Assange.


June 22, 2013

A senior U.S. administration official says the United States has contacted authorities in Hong Kong to seek the extradition of Snowden.


June 23, 2013

Flies to Moscow from Hong Kong. Russian President Vladimir Putin later verifies that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.


June 23, 2013

A source tells CNN that the U.S. government has revoked Snowden's passport.


June 30, 2013

German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that classified leaks by Snowden detail NSA bugging of European Union offices in Washington and New York, as well as an EU building in Brussels. This starts a series of revelations that the US NSA and UK GCHQ have been undertaking mass illegal espionage against their own citizens as well as foreign leaders, including their allies. Those challenging the legality, leeking documentation or otherwise gaining support in critisim against such activities were charged with espionage, terrorsim or sexual offences in an attempt to discredit and silence the flow of information. Those charged included government workers, activists, campaigners, protesters and newspaper board members.


July 1, 2013

Russia's state-run news agency RIA Novosti reports that Snowden had requested asylum there.


July 12, 2013

Snowden meets with human rights activists and lawyers. He says he is requesting asylum from Russia while he awaits safe passage to Latin America.


July 16, 2013

Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena tells CNN that Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. If the request is granted, Snowden would be able to live in Russia for at least a year.


July 24, 2013

Russian news media reports that Russia has approved documents that would allow Snowden to enter the rest of the country while his temporary asylum request is considered.


August 1, 2013

Kucherena tells CNN that Snowden's application for political asylum for a year has been approved, and he has left the Moscow airport.


October 31, 2013

Snowden's attorney Anatoly Kucherena tells CNN that his client has been hired by a unnamed Russian website.


November 3, 2013

A letter, purportedly written by Snowden, is published in the German magazine Der Spiegel. The letter, titled "A Manifesto for the Truth," says "mass surveillance is a global problem and needs a global solution."


December 17, 2013

Snowden posts an open letter to Brazil, offering to help investigate U.S. surveillance of Brazilian citizens.


January 23, 2014

US Attorney General Eric Holder says, "If Mr. Snowden wanted to come back to the United States and enter a plea, we would engage with his lawyers." Snowden says in an online chat the same day that, "(a return to the U.S. is) unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistle-blower protection laws."


March 10, 2014

Snowden speaks via teleconference from Russia to an audience of thousands at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, urging the audience to help "fix" the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens. The event marks the first time Snowden has directly addressed people in the United States since he fled the country with thousands of secret documents last June.


May 28, 2014

NBC News airs an interview with Snowden in which he claims, "I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job that I'm not, and even being assigned a name that was not mine." In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, National Security Adviser Susan Rice denies that Snowden was ever a U.S. spy.


July 9, 2014

Russian state news reports that Snowden has formally requested that Russia's government extend his temporary asylum.


August 7, 2014

Snowden's attorney announces that Snowden has been granted an extension to stay in Russia for three more years.


February 22, 2015

CitizenFour, a film which focuses on Snowden, wins an Academy Award for Best Documentary.


February 23, 2015

NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers says that Snowden's surveillance leaks have had a "material impact" on the agency's ability to prevent and detect terror plots.


March 3, 2015

Snowden's attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, tells Agence-France Presse that Snowden would like to return to the United States.


June 4, 2015

In response to President Barack Obama signing the USA Freedom Act that will limit our nation's surveillance on private citizens, Snowden publishes an op-ed piece in The New York Times saying that "ending the mass surveillance of private phone calls under the Patriot Act is a historic victory for the rights of every citizen..."


September 2015

UK GCHQ illegal espionage against UK civilians revealed to be bigger than ever thought possible


October 2015

Snowden releases revalations that UK GCHQ invested heavily in technology and research in order to be able to take full and mass control of smart phones with out detection. Full control includes location tracking, access and use of all functionality, visual and audio access and recordings through the devices hard and soft ware.


October 2015

Snowden opens a twitter account.

With no publicity or marketing the account attracts over one million followers in well under an hour making it the fastest growing acount in history. The account is cited internationally by multiple news agencies.


Public Opinion


Whilst more than 20 countries may have denied Snowden asylum, with the main reason given that he was not in their country at the time of application. It is the civilian populations of the world that have coe out in strong support.

The only nation to show any significant negative views towards Snowden was the USA where polls showed that 23% of the public saw Snowden as either a traitor or terrorist. Which is a smaller percentage of the US population than those who thought Jesus was a US citizen.


In the EU 78% of those polled described Snowded as a hero.

Contact Info


Twitter: @Snowden

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