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Before Edward Snowden became the source of the NSA leaks he  was living “in paradise.”

He worked for a major U.S. government contractor in Hawaii, earning a six-figure salary and enjoying the scenic state with his girlfriend.

He told The Guardian newspaper he never received a high school diploma, and didn’t complete his computer studies at a community college. Instead, he joined the Army in 2003 but was discharged after breaking both legs in an accident.

Snowden said he later worked as a security guard for the NSA and then took a computer security job with the CIA. He left that job in 2009 and moved on to Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked as a contractor for the government in Hawaii and somehow worked his way into the most secretive computers in U.S. intelligence as a defense contractor — only to blow those secrets wide open by spilling details of classified surveillance programs.

Now he’s charged with espionage by the federal government and on the run seeking asylum, hopefully in Exudaor.