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

Edward Snowden.

Snowden seeks Russia's protection over 'threats to his life', lawyer says

Edward Snowden is appealing to Russia’s local government for protection after receiving threats against his life, his lawyer said, just days after an online article quoted American defence officials as saying they "wanted him dead" or "would love to put a bullet in his head".