Leaving it All Behind

What would it take you to leave everything behind? Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA who leaked top-secret documents on the U.S. government’s surveillance programs, was earning $200,000 and lived “a very comfortable life” with his girlfriend in Hawaii. On Sunday, he told The Guardian: “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”