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Edward Snowden Fast Facts

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July 24, 2014 -- Updated 1822 GMT (0222 HKT)
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden poses with German Green party parliamentarian Hans-Christian Stroebele in Moscow on October 31. Stroebele returned from the meeting with a letter from Snowden to German authorities, which was distributed to the media. In it, Snowden said he is confident that with international support, the United States would abandon its efforts to "treat dissent as defection" and "criminalize political speech with felony charges." National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden poses with German Green party parliamentarian Hans-Christian Stroebele in Moscow on October 31. Stroebele returned from the meeting with a letter from Snowden to German authorities, which was distributed to the media. In it, Snowden said he is confident that with international support, the United States would abandon its efforts to "treat dissent as defection" and "criminalize political speech with felony charges."
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(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.

2013 - Works for Booz Allen for less than three months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. Snowden is terminated on June 10, 2013.

May 16, 2013 - Snowden has his first direct exchange with Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman.

May 20, 2013 - Snowden leaves for Hong Kong.

May 24, 2013 - In an e-mail to 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 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 - The Guardian and Washington Post disclose Edward Snowden as their source for the intelligence related leaks.

June 9, 2013 - Booz Allen releases a statement confirming that Snowden has been an employee of their firm for almost three months.

June 12, 2013 - The South China Morning Post publishes an interview with Snowden in which he says that U.S. intelligence agents have been hacking networks around the world for years.

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 news agency RIA Novosti reports that Snowden had requested asylum there.

July 12, 2013 - Snowden meets with human rights activists and lawyers. He says he is requesting asylum from Russia while he awaits safe passage to Latin America.

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 - 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, "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."

March 10, 2014 - Snowden speaks via teleconference from Russia to an audience of thousands at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, urging the audience to help "fix" the U.S. government's surveillance of its citizens. The event marks the first time Snowden has directly addressed people in the United States since he fled the country with thousands of secret documents last June.

May 28, 2014 - NBC News airs an interview with Snowden in which he claims, "I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word -- in that I lived and worked undercover, overseas, pretending to work in a job that I'm not -- and even being assigned a name that was not mine." In an interview with Wolf Blitzer, National Security Adviser Susan Rice denies that Snowden was ever a U.S. spy.

July 9, 2014 - Russian state news reports that Snowden has formally requested that Russia's government extend his temporary asylum.

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