Edward Snowden found a job in Russia after receiving asylum while his former employer the National Security Agency is investigating how much top secret information he took from the United States, according to a recent article by USA Today. Snowden is reportedly now working for Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, founder of the social networking site Vkontakte or VK. It is the Russian equivalent of Facebook.
Snowden, a former contractor for NSA, fled his job in the U.S. and carried with him records of terrorist surveillance programs which he alleged were too invasive on the American public. However, the administration of President Barack Obama claims he violated his oath by disclosing surveillance programs whose goal is to find terrorists.
After leaking part of the information, he first fled to China where he shared his confidential files with the Chinese from Hong Kong. His next stop was Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. He resided there beginning June 23 until Russia granted him asylum. He then exited Moscow by cab to an unknown location and thanked the Russian government for its protection.
While Snowden is working for Russia's version of Facebook. his former employer in the U.S. is continuing to investigate him in an effort to determine how much information he might've taken with him. Digital files belonging to David Miranda, partner of Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald were seized by authorities at Heathrow Airport as he changed planes while returning home to Brazil from Germany. Miranda had met with Laura Poitras, U.S. filmmaker who is working with Greenwald on an NSA story, according to a recent article in the Guardian.
Snowden worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii before leaking classified documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post. As a systems administrator he had the ability to move data around and even had access to thumb drives. This access allowed him to transfer information to computer sites outside the NSA. He is only one of more than a million contractors who have access to confidential U.S. information today.
While there is no word on how many rubles Snowden is being paid by his Russian employer, reports are that Russian president Vladimir Putin will likely shuffle him off to one of the Latin American countries which has offered him permanent asylum at some unknown point in the future.
Snowden is evidently pretty good at covering his digital tracks much as outlaws in the Old West were at covering their physical trails from posses as the NSA has not yet determined exactly how much secret information he absconded with.
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