We know Edward Snowden as the whistleblower who blew the lid off the NSA’s domestic spying program, but what was he like during his teen years?
Whether you regard Snowden as a hero or a traitor, he was just your average warm-blooded American male during his teen years. A look into his online history revealed hundreds of posts which reveal his views on secrecy, religion, politics, working in IT, and sex.
First discovered by Anthony DeRosa and published by BuzzFeed, Snowden’s teen years give us a look inside the mind of your average American youngster with an interest in tech and the early rumblings of his disillusionment with the government.
A few things we learned:
Edward Snowden posted often under the handle TheTrueHOOHA, he dropped out of high school yet still commanded huge salaries with a career in IT, he broke both of his legs during army training, he asked for advice on masking his Internet activity as far back as 2003, he’s an Agnostic, he loves video games, and he loves eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts after having sex.
“Go to your nearest Krispy Kreme Drive-thru. Pick up one of the warm ‘fresh of the line’ ones and go put them on your nightstand.
“You have not lived until you’ve rolled over to post-coital Krispy Kremes. That’s what being an American is all about.
“I recommend them.”
Now he’s a national traitor/hero (depending on how you feel about the NSA scandal) on the lam with a cute ballerina girlfriend nursing a broken heart thousands of miles away.
You can check out more about Edward Snowden’s teen years here.