His leaks created significant problems of trust for the Obama administration among US traditional allies. Germany is particularly irked by the revelation that Angela Merkel is being spied on by the NSA. Same annoyance is obvious in France, Brazil, Mexico and others.
But that's not the news today. The latest is that Snowden has got a new job in Russia, two months after he was granted temporary asylum by Putin.
His attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, told Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti that his fugitive client will start his new gig Friday at one of Russia's largest websites, but reportedly declined to identify the site for "security reasons."
"Edward starts work in November," attorney Kucherena said on Thursday, according RIA. "He will provide support for a large Russian site," he explained, declining further statement.
Snowden, 30, who disclosed secret US internet and telephone surveillance programmes, fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia four months ago.