Snowden finished copying the last set of leaked documents three weeks ago and told his supervisor he needed to take a medical leave to treat his epilepsy.
He then boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he currently resides in a hotel room, watching the media explosion from afar.
Snowden, perhaps one of the generation’s most influential whistleblowers, has no high school diploma. He sits in his hotel room, propped up with pillows and places a red hood over his laptop to stop any cameras from watching him enter his passwords.
He hopes Iceland will grant him asylum and Hong Kong will not extradite him, but he believes his future is uncertain.
Most of all, he fears his family, friends and girlfriend will be targeted.
“All of my options are bad,” he told The Guardian. “We have got a CIA station just up the road … and I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be.”