(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of Edward Snowden, who has admitted to leaking information about United States surveillance programs to the press.
Personal: Birth date: June 21, 1983
Birth place: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Birth name: Edward Joseph Snowden
Father: Lonnie Snowden, former Coast Guard officer
Mother: Elizabeth Snowden, federal court administrator
Other Facts: Dropped out of high school.
The Guardian reported that in 2009, Snowden got the first of several jobs with private contractors that worked with the National Security Agency (NSA).
Timeline: May 7, 2004 - Enlists in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate.
September 28, 2004 - Is discharged from the Army Reserve without completing any training or receiving any awards.
May 20, 2013 - Snowden leaves for Hong Kong.
May 24, 2013 - In an e-mail to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman, Snowden requests that the Post publish, within 72 hours, information about PRISM, a surveillance program that gathers information from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and others.
June 5, 2013 - The Guardian newspaper reports that the U.S. government has obtained a secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the NSA.
June 6, 2013 - The Guardian and the Washington Post disclose the existence of PRISM, a program they say allows the NSA to extract the details of customer activities -- including "audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents" and other materials -- from computers at Microsoft, Google, Apple and other Internet companies.
June 9, 2013 - Booz Allen releases a statement confirming that Snowden has been an employee of their firm for almost three months.
June 17, 2013 - During a live online chat, the person identified as Snowden by Britain's Guardian newspaper insists that U.S. authorities have access to phone calls, e-mails and other communications far beyond constitutional bounds.
June 18, 2013 - Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce argues that the PRISM program has helped stop a number of alleged terrorist attacks.
June 21, 2013 - Federal prosecutors unseal a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on June 14, 2013, charging Snowden with espionage and theft of government property.
June 22, 2013 - A senior U.S. administration official says the United States has contacted authorities in Hong Kong to seek the extradition of Snowden.
June 23, 2013 - Flies to Moscow from Hong Kong. Russian President Vladimir Putin later verifies that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.
June 23, 2013 - A source tells CNN that the U.S. government has revoked Snowden's passport.
June 30, 2013 - German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that classified leaks by Snowden detail NSA bugging of European Union offices in Washington and New York, as well as an EU building in Brussels.
July 1, 2013 - Russia's state-run RIA Novosti news agency reports that Snowden had requested asylum there.
July 16, 2013 - Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena tells CNN that Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. If the request is granted, Snowden would be able to live in Russia for at least a year.
July 24, 2013 - Russian news media reports that Russia has approved documents that would allow Snowden to enter the rest of the country while his temporary asylum request is considered.
August 1, 2013 - Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena tells CNN that Snowden's application for political asylum for a year has been approved, and he has left the Moscow airport.
October 31, 2013 - Snowden's attorney Anatoly Kucherena tells CNN that his client has been hired by a unnamed Russian website.
November 3, 2013 - A letter, purportedly written by Snowden, is published in the German magazine Der Spiegel. The letter, titled "A Manifesto for the Truth," says "mass surveillance is a global problem and needs a global solution."
December 17, 2013 - Snowden posts an open letter to Brazil, offering to help investigate U.S. surveillance of Brazilian citizens.
January 23, 2014 - Attorney General Eric Holder says that, "if Mr. Snowden wanted to come back to the United States and enter a plea, we would engage with his lawyers." Snowden says in an online chat the same day that, "(a return to the U.S. is) unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistle-blower protection laws."