If you’re looking for answers to the question “Where is Snowden now?” you’ve come to the right place. The former National Security Agency contractor, whistleblower, and press freedom advocate is living in exile in Moscow, Russia, since 2013. While he hasn’t commented publicly on Russia’s move to criminalize independent reporting, he has been quietly tracking the situation. For example, he has been monitoring the number of journalists denied access to press conferences in the United States. Last year, Snowden urged Danish citizens to resist the government’s threats to jail journalists, which the government said is not true.
After his 2013 revelation, Snowden has sought asylum in Russia. The Russian government granted him asylum and extended his residency permit until 2020. In the meantime, the US Congress released a report detailing his contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Although Snowden denies these reports, he said he would return to the US and face a fair trial. If he’s captured, he’ll have to pay a heavy price for his actions.
Snowden joined the military in 2004, hoping to help the US war effort in Iraq. As a special forces recruit, he spent four months in boot camp after breaking both his legs. After leaving the military, he found a job at a NSA facility near his hometown, and then joined the CIA as a staffer in the information technology division. His background in programming and understanding of the internet helped him rise quickly.