Sign in to comment!



AP IMPACT: Raised in the NSA's shadow _ a life of disillusionment, a decision to leak secrets

The intelligence contractor whose leak of top-secret documents has exposed sweeping government surveillance grew up in Fort Meade, Md., in the shadow of the headquarters of the nation's spy agency, its presence an accepted part of everyday life.

When 29-year-old Edward Snowden attended a high school in the suburbs between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the National Security Agency sent employees to tutor struggling math students. His community college offered cybersecurity training to prepare workers for agency employment. When Snowden joined friends in an online venture, it was operated out of military housing just beyond an NSA gate.

In this setting, it's easy to see how Snowden was exposed to the notion of a career in spycraft.

But online posts, public records and interviews reveal someone who prized the American ideal of personal freedom but became disenchanted with the way government secretly operates in the name of national security.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 3.92% -- 3.92%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 2.99% up 2.98%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.31% up 4.24%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.26% up 3.12%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.84% dw 3.85%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.68% up 4.62%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.10% up 4.04%  
$30K Loan Graph 4.47% dw 4.48%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.12% up 4.11%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.12% up 4.11%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.99% dw 3.23%  
36 M Used Graph 3.18% dw 3.33%  
48 M New Graph 3.22% dw 3.32%  
48 M Used Graph 2.72% dw 2.90%  
60 M New Graph 3.33% up 3.31%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.35% up 0.34%  
1 yr Graph 0.62% -- 0.62%  
5 yr Graph 1.41% up 1.39%