Who is Edward Snowden

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Edward Snowden is an American whistleblower of US mass electronic surveillance program PRISM that snooped on global private online data in order to ensure and promote its national interest and security. 

Why he is in news?
He leaked details of several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs to the press namely The Washington Post and The Guardian on June 6, 2013 from Hongkong resulting in a public outrage.

What is he?

  • He was a technical contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA) when he did this.
  • He has also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. 

In Refuge

  • As Hong Kong authorities were deliberating the US government's request for his extradition He left for Russia.
  • He, on June 23, 2013, landed in one of Moscow's international airports, Sheremetevo. On August 1, 2013, He was granted temporary asylum in Russia for one year.

Relevant points:

  • Much of the world's electronic communications pass through the U.S. lending our private data vulnerable to the prying eyes.
  • The PRISM has been operated by the United States National Security Agency since 2007.
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