Profession: NSA Contractor
Why Famous: Came to international attention after leaking thousands of classified documents from the National Security Agency to several media outlets.
He acquired the documents while working as an NSA contractor. The leaked documents revealed publicly numerous global surveillance programs for the first time.
- 2013-06-05 The first article based on NSA leaked documents by Edward Snowden are published by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK
- 2013-06-09 Edward Snowden publicly makes his identity known as the leaker of NSA documents
- 2013-06-14 The US government charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property