Edward Snowden is an American tech specialist, retired CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) agent and also worked for the United States of America Government who not only copied but also leaked the classified information from National Security Agency in the year 2013. The disclosures revealed that numerous global surveillance programs are run by the NSA and Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the help of the various telecommunication companies as well as the European governments. Keep on reading to learn more on the net worth and earnings of Edward Snowden in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Edward Joseph Snowden was born in the year 1983 in the Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The maternal grandfather, Edward J Barrett, was working as a rear admiral in the United States Coast Guard who became a senior official with FBI and was at Pentagon in the year 2001 during September 11 attacks.
His father worked as an officer in the Coast Guard, and his mother Elizabeth was working as a clerk at the United States District Court of Maryland. He has an elder sister by the name Jessica who works as a lawyer at the Federal Judicial Center, which is located in the United States of America. Snowden has said several times that he dreamt of working for the federal government as the rest of the family members. His parents divorced in the year 2001, and his father would later remarry.
Interestingly, Snowden missed school most of the times but went on to pass the GED Test. He joined Anne Arundel Community College without earning an undergraduate college degree; he worked online for the master’s degree in the England University of Liverpool. Edward was in a relationship with an acrobat as well as a dancer Lindsey Mills. The couple dated until the year 2009. Snowden has had an interest in Japanese culture and has also got basic Chinese Mandarin Language knowledge.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Edward began his career by getting enlisted in United States Army Reserve in May 2004. He never completed his training and got to be discharged in 2004. In the year 2005, he served as a security guard in Center for the Advanced Study of Language at University of Maryland.
In the year 2006, he got to be employed by the CIA and was responsible for the global communication department in the Langley, Virginia. Later on, he became a technology specialist of the CIA and was used in living in a hotel for six months. He got to be stationed in Switzerland in the year 2007. In 2009, he was working for the Dell Company as a contractee.
With the Dell Company, he worked for this company for four years. During all this time, he became a well experienced cyber counterintelligence and got the title cyber strategist. In the year 2012 that was when he got assigned as a lead technologist by the Dell in Hawaii and the year 2014, he was heavily involved in a feud with the United States Government. He has been awarded the German Whistleblower Prize and also won San Adams Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
Edward Snowden is estimated to be over $9.5 million. The fortune has been generated from his career as an IT professional. In the year 2013, his annual salary was estimated at around $200,000 annually. By the year 2015, his income as a speaker had risen to $10,000 for just a single appearance.
Edward has been considered to be among the best Computer professionals in the world. He has been granted political asylum in Russia in the past few years. Despite him disclosing confidential information to the public, he remains a very popular figure in the world. Some of the people that he has criticized include Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and many more.