An American whistleblower Edward Snowden is a former NSA as well as CIA employee. He became the headlines in 2013 after he leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA). Due to the security threat, he had to leave his homeland and fled to Russia where he received asylum.
Secretly Married His Long-term Girlfriend
Edward Snowden is living a lowkey life; however, he shares a healthy relationship with his girlfriend turned wife, Lindsay Mills. His spouse, Lindsay, is an American acrobat and blogger.
Snowden met his future wife through an online site called Hot Or Not. It is like a dating website from which people can rate other people's profile pictures out of ten. On Edward's profile, Lindsay rated eight out of ten.
Later in 2008, the pair began dating, but they kept their affair a low key. The two even lived together in Baltimore, Japan, and Hawaii.
Well, their relationship became much public after Snowden leaked the classified NSA documents. After the information was unveiled, the officials of the United States released an arrest warrant against Edward.
Thus in order to be safe, he had to leave the US. Edward shortly fled to Moscow, Russia, even without mentioning to Lindsay. He, likewise, remained almost contactless from everyone, but he managed to come in contact with his lover.
To meet Snowden, Lindsey flew to Russia. The former CIA employee said he had expected a slap from his lover when she went to visit him. But the result was just the opposite as instead of slapping; Mills said that she loved and supported his actions.
The love birds married in 2017, according to an interview of Snowden in 2019. While interviewing, Edward said that he married his girlfriend two years back in a private ceremony in a Moscow courthouse Russia.
He even said that Mills is so much more than he will ever deserve. Currently, Snowden lives in Russia, whereas his spouse lives in the US. Well, Wills often flies to Moscow to meet her husband.
Even though they live far from each other, they share an unbreakable bond. Lindsey keeps on giving a glimpse of their relationship by sharing lovely photos with Edward on her Instagram account.
Information Leaked By Him
Edward Snowden leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in June 2013. It was a global surveillance apparatus carried out by the NSA in cooperation in collaboration with its Five Eye partners, including Australia's ASD, the UK's GVHQ, and Canada's CSEC.
He copied classified documents from the NSA. As per the data, it was said that the major phone companies, including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint Nextel handed the records of the phone conversation of high profile personalities who have direct access to Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, etc. to the NSA and FBI.
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The Guardian and The Washington Post first published the report. As per the source, it was suspected that he copied and leaked around 1.7million files from NSA.
So, on 21st June 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice released an arrest warrant against him for violating the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property. Due to security risk, he flew to Moscow after Russia granted asylum to him.
His asylum will end in 2020, and if Edward returns to his homeland, then he will be sent behind bars for 1,000 years for treachery. In an interview, Snowden said that his ultimate goal is to return to the United States. But he will only return to the US if he's granted a fair trial.
What Is His Net worth?
Edward Snowden worked for several top companies such as NSA and CIA. As per the source, a NSA employee earns around $40,000 per annum. Similarly, a NSA employee receives a salary of around $45979 per annum.
Besides, he also worked for Dell. Thus, working for such a high profiled organizations, Snowden probably bagged a good amount of money. His net worth must be in a few millions, but the actual figure is currently under review.
Some Interesting Facts
- Edward Snowden was born on 21st June 1983, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States.
- On 7th May 2004, he was enlisted on United States Army Reserve.
- A documentary titled Citizenfour was created based on his story.
- He exposed the details of the NSA from a hotel room.
- He released an autobiography titled Permanent Record on 17th September 2019.