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Everything We Know About The Guy Who Leaked Top-Secret Government Surveillance Information

Edward Snowden, 29, told The Guardian he doesn't see himself as a hero. "I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."

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2. He didn't finish high school but later received his GED.

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3. He joined the U.S. Army in 2003, broke his leg in a training exercise, and was discharged. He then started working as a security guard at a covert NSA facility at the University of Maryland.

5. He voted for a third-party candidate in 2008.

...you can't wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act.
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I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.
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14. He then told his NSA supervisor he had to be away for several weeks for an epilepsy treatment. He also told his girlfriend he had to leave but was vague about why. On May 20, he boarded a flight for Hong Kong where he remains.

16. He says the U.S. Consulate is "just up the road" and he said, "I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be."

I've left the room maybe a total of three times during my entire stay ... Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets.
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I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest," he said. "There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn't turn over, because harming people isn't my goal. Transparency is.

19. He isn't on social media right now.

Any Twitter or Facebook accounts purporting to be Edward Snowden are fake.

Glenn Greenwald

@ggreenwald

Any Twitter or Facebook accounts purporting to be Edward Snowden are fake.

Any analyst at any time can target anyone ... I sitting at my desk certainly had the authorities to wire tap anyone.

22. Snowden and his girlfriend moved out of their home in Waipahu, Hawaii on May 1, reports AP.

A real estate sign stands in front of a home in Waipahu, Hawaii, Sunday, June 9, 2013, where Edward Snowden lived with his girlfriend until recently. A Hawaii real estate agent says Snowden and his girlfriend moved out of their home and left nothing behind.

Contact Hunter Schwarz at hunter.schwarz+DONE@buzzfeed.com.

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