Snowden

 Edward Joseph Snowden is an American computer professional, former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and former contractor for the National Security Agency. He came to international attention when he disclosed thousands of classified documents to several media outlets, which he had acquired while working for the American consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden's release of classified material has been described as the most significant leak in US history by Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg.

In May 2013, Snowden flew from Hawaii to Hong Kong, where he met with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and released his documents to them. With his permission, the journalists later revealed his identity to the international media. The United States federal government charged Snowden with espionage and revoked his passport. Snowden then flew to Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, where he intended to change planes, apparently for Latin America, but without a valid passport was "caught in limbo" and remained in the transit area for 39 days. On August 1 Russian authorities granted Snowden a one-year temporary renewable asylum.

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