Long before he leaked, Edward Snowden was a major con-going anime geek

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Jun 12, 2013

The guy who launched what might be the biggest leak in American history might be nerdier than you.

Today, Edward Snowden is world-famous as the tech contractor who leaked details of the National Security Agency's top-secret online surveillance project PRISM, along with other government spying secrets. But 10 years ago he was just a humble website editor who was seriously into anime, manga and playing Tekken.

Back when he was just 18, Snowden got a job at the now-defunct Ryuhana Press, where he served as "Editor/Coffee-Boy." Reuters tracked down Snowden's online profile from the company this week, and though it's since been taken down by the company's former owners, the page has already been archived. Here's how Snowden introduced himself:

"I like Japanese, I like food, I like martial arts, I like ponies, I like guns, I like food, I like girls, I like my girlish figure that attracts girls, and I like my lamer friends. That's the best biography you'll get out of me, coppers!"

According to Reuters' Kristina Cooke and John Shiffman, other corners of the Ryuhana Press also featured a few glimpses into Snowden's geeky life, including the fact that he was good enough at Tekken to draw some kind of crowd at conventions.

"Snowden said he liked playing the popular fighting video game Tekken. He was so skilled that he attracted a gathering of fans at the 2002 Anime USA convention, wrote a co-worker on another part of the site. 'He tends to spontaneously be a ray of sunshine and inspiration. He's a great listener, and he's eager to help people improve themselves.'"

If you're interested in looking deeper into the nerdy past life of the world's current reigning whistleblower, you can head over to the Internet Archive.

(Via Gawker)




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