Summary
Edward Snowden, an American 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....more
Explainers
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Traitor or hero: who is Edward Snowden?
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Asylum
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Hong Kong
Whistle-blowing
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In Numbers
Snowden is believed to have taken
1.7 million
computerised documents that revealed massive programmes run by the NSA that gathered information on emails, phone calls and Internet use by hundreds of millions of Americans.
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The US government charges Snowden with violating the Espionage Act
June 14, 2013
However hours after the sealed indictment was made public on June 23, and after the US government revoked Snowden's passport, Snowden left Hong Kong catching a flight to Russia.
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The documentary Citizenfour was released
2015
Laura Poitras’ film documents her initial meeting in Hong Kong with Snowden, as well as journalist Glenn Greenwald.
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