Edward Snowden is a 29 year old man, who was a Technical Assistant for the CIA. He thought it was necessary leak information that the NSA is spying on us through the internet. The question was why he did it? In the Article The whitleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, he says in one of the documents
“I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” but “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.” -Snowden
Another thing he said was.
“I’m not afraid because this is the choice I’ve made”
He had a really good life. He lived in Hawaii with his wife and children, and was making six figures a year. He made the decision to show us that we need our privacy. At the moment he is incognito in Hong Kong. Other sources used to say he was in Russia, but that was then proved wrong.