1. So America was just chilling out one day, doing its thing…
2. …when a National Security Administration infrastructure analyst named Edward Snowden discovered a gigantic, secret spying apparatus used to monitor people around the globe.
3. When this information was released to the public in a series of exposes by Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, the NSA and greater intelligence community said:
4. …and denied all claims that they were illegally spying.
5. But once the allegations of these programs and their scope turned out to be quite true, the NSA and the Obama administration started to panic.
This was precipitated by Snowden coming forward in an interview with Greenwald.
6. And the confused global community said:
7. The administration went after Snowden, revoking his passport and asking for countries that were harboring him to extradite him back to the United States.
This country at the time was China.
8. But Snowden was not detained when he boarded a Chinese flight for Russia.
9. The administration seemed to nonchalantly take this stance toward Snowden’s globe-trotting:
10. And then asked Russia to please return Snowden, posthaste.
11. Snowden spent over a month waiting in limbo in a Moscow airport, trying to figure out which countries would grant him asylum and how he could get there. The intelligence community looked at him like this the whole time:
12. Snowden attempted to navigate to Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, all countries that had offered him asylum.
That did not work out well.