Born: June 21, 1983
Edward Snowden is a former intelligence officer and whistleblower who gained international attention for leaking classified documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013. He was born on June 21, 1983, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States.
Snowden’s background in computer systems and technology led him to work for various government organizations, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the NSA. During his time at the NSA, he became increasingly disillusioned with the extent of mass surveillance and the violation of privacy rights carried out by intelligence agencies.
In 2013, Snowden leaked a vast trove of classified documents to journalists from The Guardian and The Washington Post. These documents revealed the extensive surveillance programs employed by the NSA, both domestically and internationally, including the bulk collection of phone records and internet communications.
Fearing prosecution under the Espionage Act, Snowden left the United States and sought asylum in Hong Kong. Later, he traveled to Russia, where he was granted temporary asylum. Since then, he has been living in Russia, where he continues to speak out about government surveillance, privacy rights, and civil liberties.
Edward Snowden’s actions sparked a global debate on privacy and surveillance, with some viewing him as a hero and whistleblower, while others consider him a traitor. His disclosures have had a profound impact on public discourse and policies related to surveillance and privacy in many countries.
Snowden’s story has been the subject of multiple books, documentaries, and films, contributing to the ongoing dialogue on government transparency, surveillance, and individual privacy rights. His actions and the issues he raised continue to resonate in discussions on digital privacy and civil liberties.
Edward Snowden’s 5 most popular quotes
- Arguing that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.
- I don’t want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, every expression of creativity or love or friendship is recorded.
- There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break the law.
- I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.
- My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.
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