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Edward Snowden

31-year-old American Edward Snowden, a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is the whistleblower behind significant revelations that surfaced in June 2013 about the US government's top secret, extensive domestic surveillance programmes. Snowden flew to Hong Kong from Hawaii in May 2013, and supplied confidential US government documents to media outlets including the Guardian

Dafen artist Huang Haifan in front of some or his portraits of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Photo: Edward Wong

Edward Snowden affair a rich canvas for Dafen artist Huang Haifan

No one will ever know how much Edward Snowden’s leaks cost the US government, but for one artist in Shenzhen, the image of the fugitive US whistle-blower is worth at least 10 times more than imitations of famous works by Van Gogh or Monet.