Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old U.S. contractor who revealed a once-secret electronic surveillance program, spent a few months in the Army Reserves and has said he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.
His older sister, Jessica Snowden, is a researcher for the Federal Judicial Center, a Washington-based education and policy agency that serves the courts. His mother, Elizabeth Snowden, is an administrative clerk for Maryland’s federal court. His father, Lonnie Snowden, retired in 2009 from the U.S. Coast Guard.
The youngest Snowden never graduated from high school and, for a few years, lived alone in an Ellicott City, Maryland, condominium that his mother purchased. A neighbor said Snowden came across as “serious” and “studious” -- not the type to throw parties or play loud music.
“He was always very quiet, and he was always on his computer,” Joyce Kinsey said in a telephone interview. Through open curtains, she said, she could see him “at all hours of the night at the computer.” He made a point to say hello, she said, and never made eye contact.
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