As a toddler, little Edward Snowden reset the clocks to avoid his bedtime. As a teen, he regularly repaired his Nintendo console. By the age of 22, Snowden had obtained a very high U.S. security clearance. The stakes had gotten more serious, but he was the same nerd at heart, with a natural gift for programming.
As a young professional working for the CIA, Snowden was horrified by the creep of government surveillance into citizens’ lives. The Internet was slowly losing its privacy, and the spooks were stealing people’s data. Privacy is an essential feature of freedom and democracy, and Snowden saw it waning. Yes, he blew the whistle. But do you really know why?