Here is a look at the life of Edward Snowden, who has admitted to leaking information about United States surveillance programs to the press.
Personal: Birth date: June 21, 1983
Birth place: Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Birth name: Edward Joseph Snowden
Father: Lonnie Snowden, former Coast Guard officer
Mother: Elizabeth Snowden, federal court administrator
Other Facts: Dropped out of high school.
The Guardian reported that in 2009, Snowden got the first of several jobs with private contractors that worked with the National Security Agency (NSA).
Timeline: May 7, 2004 - Enlists in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces candidate.
September 28, 2004 - Is discharged from the Army Reserve without completing any training or receiving any awards.
2013 - Works for Booz Allen for less than three months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. Snowden is terminated on June 10, 2013.
May 16, 2013 - Snowden has his first direct exchange with Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman.
May 20, 2013 - Snowden leaves for Hong Kong.
May 24, 2013 - In an e-mail to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman, Snowden requests that the Post publish, within 72 hours, information about PRISM, a surveillance program that gathers information from Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and others.
June 5, 2013 - The Guardian newspaper reports that the U.S. government has obtained a secret court order that requires Verizon to turn over the telephone records of millions of Americans to the NSA.
June 6, 2013 - The Guardian and the Washington Post disclose the existence of PRISM, a program they say allows the NSA to extract the details of customer activities -- including "audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents" and other materials -- from computers at Microsoft, Google, Apple and other Internet companies.
June 9, 2013 - The Guardian and Washington Post disclose Edward Snowden as their source for the intelligence related leaks.
June 9, 2013 - Booz Allen releases a statement confirming that Snowden has been an employee of their firm for almost three months.
June 12, 2013 - The South China Morning Post publishes an interview with Snowden in which he says that U.S. intelligence agents have been hacking networks around the world for years.
June 17, 2013 - During a live online chat, the person identified as Snowden by Britain's Guardian newspaper insists that U.S. authorities have access to phone calls, e-mails and other communications far beyond constitutional bounds.
June 18, 2013 - Testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce argues that the PRISM program has helped stop a number of alleged terrorist attacks.
June 21, 2013 - Federal prosecutors unseal a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on June 14, 2013, charging Snowden with espionage and theft of government property.
June 22, 2013 - A senior U.S. administration official says the United States has contacted authorities in Hong Kong to seek the extradition of Snowden.
June 23, 2013 - Flies to Moscow from Hong Kong. Russian President Vladimir Putin later verifies that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.
June 23, 2013 - A source tells CNN that the U.S. government has revoked Snowden's passport.