Edward Snowden is a computer analyst and former CIA employee who became famous all around the globe after he leaked top-secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents regarding the U.S. mass surveillance programs on other countries. Charged by the U.S. with espionage and theft of government property, the fugitive has recently asked 21 countries for asylum.
The self-described whistleblower on National Security Agency secrets has worked in the past as a technical contractor for the NSA in Japan.
“I have always dreamed of being able to ‘make it’ in Japan,” he wrote in 2001. “I would love a cushy .gov job over there”.
In 2009 Snowden moved to Japan to work for the Texas-based computer giant Dell. He supervised computer system upgrades in Tokyo before becoming a “cyberstrategist,” an “expert in cyber counterintelligence” at several locations in the U.S. Then he started handling the company’s “Windows infrastructure” in the Pacific.
Dell company has angrily refused to verify Snowden’s employment, with a spokesman at first saying the company had been advised by the Department of Justice not to respond to questions, according to the international press . When a Justice Department official refuted that, the Dell official revised his reasons for remaining silent.
“That request came from our customer,” the company spokesman said, without mentioning to what customer it is actually referring.
Snowden is described by the local media as a fervent Japanophile, as he studied Japanese for one and a half years and was extremely interested in anime and martial arts.
He also stated in resume that he went to computer-related classes at Johns Hopkins University, a Tokyo campus of the University of Maryland and the University of Liverpool in Britain.
The information is confirmed by the international media, which reports that a student named Edward Snowden attended one term in the Asia Program at the University of Maryland University College, in the summer of 2009.