Edward Snowden

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Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American and naturalized Russian citizen who as a former U.S. computer contractor leaked highly classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 when he was an employee and subcontractor. He is currently under indictment for espionage. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments and prompted a cultural discussion about national security and individual privacy. In 2013, Snowden was hired by an NSA contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, after previous employment with Dell and the CIA. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Snowden has received more than 39,905,900 page views. His biography is available in 91 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Edward Snowden is the 185th most popular social activist (down from 148th in 2019), the 1,728th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,475th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular American Social Activist.

Edward Snowden is most famous for leaking classified information about the NSA's mass surveillance programs to the press.

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  • 40M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.03

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 91

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 7.63

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.97

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Edward Snowdens by language

Over the past year Edward Snowden has had the most page views in the with 2,716,067 views, followed by Russian (478,467), and German (341,614). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Lombard (161.50%), Bengali (90.80%), and Central Bicolano (82.12%)


Among social activists, Edward Snowden ranks 185 out of 840Before him are Yelena Bonner, Jan Karski, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, Leopold Trepper, Kailash Satyarthi, and Huda Sha'arawi. After him are Abbé Pierre, Salvador Puig Antich, Kang Pan-sok, Manuela Sáenz, Kartini, and Chen Sheng.

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Among people born in 1983, Edward Snowden ranks 9Before him are Amy Winehouse, Franck Ribéry, Dani Alves, Katrina Kaif, Ricardo Quaresma, and Pepe. After him are Loreen, Robin van Persie, Philipp Lahm, Emily Blunt, Henry Cavill, and Donald Glover.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Edward Snowden ranks 1,728 out of 20,380Before him are Larry Page (1973), John Forsythe (1918), Lou Ferrigno (1951), Husband E. Kimmel (1882), Chief Seattle (1786), and Lance Armstrong (1971). After him are Mark Felt (1913), Dean Stockwell (1936), John Densmore (1944), Roger Ebert (1942), Jeffrey C. Hall (1945), and Saul Kripke (1940).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Edward Snowden ranks 22Before him are George Stinney (1929), John Brown (1800), Frederick Douglass (1818), Sojourner Truth (1797), Billy Milligan (1955), and Emmett Till (1941). After him are Fred Phelps (1929), Margaret Sanger (1879), Gloria Steinem (1934), W. E. B. Du Bois (1868), David Lane (1938), and George Lincoln Rockwell (1918).