Edward Joseph Snowden (North Carolina, June 21, 1983), admirer of his father, an officer of the United States Coast Guard, tried to follow in his footsteps – the defense of the country – but from a much more dangerous position: he chose be a marine.
He fulfilled the hard instruction by duplicating in effort what was denied in physics: of barely average height, he weighed 63 kilos …
A fracture in full training forced to intern it. He asked when he could reload the rifle, crawl in the mud, climb to the highest of the walls … but the diagnosis was a knockout blow:
-Soldier, you ran for two weeks with small fractures in both legs, product of loading a 36-kilogram equipment.
– But can I be a parachutist?
– When touching earth, the bones of their legs would become dust …
He then took the path of his other passion: computers.
And above all, its unlimited power for war conflicts: that battle of espionage and counterespionage waged on the keys and the most powerful of weapons: the brain.
An eternal game of the cat against the mouse …, where the mouse is not always the weakest …
Enrolled in one of the secret training centers to learn and decipher all the enigmas of the tentacular intelligence networks, the first exercise for the novices was the same: create a local security network, attack it from an enemy network also created ad hoc, Attack and defend it … within a period of no more than five hours.
After a little more than half, he approached the instructor:
-I finished, sir.
-You should not tell me at the end of each phase …
-Do not. Finished all.
– In forty minutes?
-In thirty-eight, actually.
He was a genius.
But above all, a genius at the service of his declared vocation for the United States: “The best country in the world”, repeated as a motto, and raised it at the slightest criticism …
Over the years, his silent and mysterious tasks as a security guard at the secret facilities of the NSA (National Security Agency) and computer security expert at the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) – always under his pseudonyms TheTrueHOOHA and CITIZENFOUR, They took him to discoveries that he thought were amazing.
The intelligence networks, including the massive surveillance programs PRISM and Keyscore, were able to dominate the entire planet, could launch unlimited global espionage and action operations, and there was no citizen or resident in the country free of surveillance. Neither in the country nor on the planet: the network encompassed the communications of millions of souls.
Neither the cinema had dared to insinuate it. The truth far outweighed the boldest of fictions …
But his “click” -the proof-was wrong: an incredibly elementary failure for a mass of privileged gray matter. For the first time he judged negatively the cyber-umbrella Made in USA from what he believed an abuse against the privacy and freedom of citizens, enshrined in the Constitution …, without understanding that this colossal network had been created to abort the attack of a similar network by other hostile big powers.
Suddenly, he entered the collision phase.
The seamless defender of his country, became … Public Enemy Number One!
A mobile bomb ready to explode …
His first step, on June 6, 2013, was to denounce the existence of the infinite network before the main editor of the English newspaper The Guardian, which published it immediately, behind the United Kingdom’s membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. (BORN).
First the news and then security, in this matter, is not an option …
The White House came to the crossroads: “Registering phone calls from citizens of the United States is a critical tool to combat terrorism.” It allows access to servers of major Internet companies to find connections in this field: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google , Facebook, Pal Talk, AOL, Skyp, YouTube and Apple. ”
On June 11, the company Booz Allen Hamilton, for which Snowden was working in Hawaii, dismisses him “for violating the policy and the ethical code”, and almost at the same time a spokesman for the Kremlin reports that Russia “would” be willing to study an asylum request from Snowden, which is slowly becoming a genius-pariah.
First big question: was the offer from Russia spontaneous … or a masterful move in a long-started game?
Because in terms of “friendship and good will”, no power is Superman, Batman or Spiderman …
Snowden redoubles the bet. He was able to retreat sensibly before the Rubicon, but he preferred the example of Julio César: “Alea jacta est”:
-Washington has been spying on China and Hong Kong for years.
Answer: the North American government presents / displays charges against “the great traitor” (as many call it) by espionage and robbery of official property.
On June 16, the fugitive – burned – takes refuge in Hong Kong.
Five days later, the United States asks Hong Kong to extradite his son who has gone astray.
On June 23 he leaves Hong Kong and arrives in Moscow on a commercial line flight.
When he arrives he says:
-I am afraid that if I return to my country, I will be sentenced to life imprisonment, or to death.
The great irrational temptation: he begins to believe that he is a key man in the vast game of the Second Cold War, when in reality he is a castaway in a fragile boat and surrounded by whales: Russia, China, and his own country.
Two days later, President Vladimir Putin admits that the refugee is in the transit terminal of the Moscow airport of Sheremetyevo and discards his extradition to the United States:
-There is no bilateral extradition treaty. As a passenger in transit you have the right to buy a ticket and fly wherever you want. In effect, he arrived in Moscow. It was an absolute surprise for us …