Here's NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Anime Art Company Profile

Ten years before 29-year-old Booz Allen contractor Edward Snowden undertook the most "significant or helpful leak... in American history" he was "Edowaado," a goofy anime fan working at a small anime art company.

Reuters uncovered Snowden's profile from his short stint working, age 18, at the no-longer-in-business Ryuhana Press. (It's described it as "cheeky," which is a nice way of saying "dorky.") When reporters contacted the company's former operators about the site, Snowden's profile was taken down. There was some good stuff, though:

Photographs uploaded by friends for Snowden's 19th birthday show a young man pulling down his pants for his colleagues, putting a clothespin on his chest, and dancing. A blog entry from a company employee teased, "Who is he? What does he do? Does he really love himself as much as his shameless marketing would have you believe?" [...]

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."

From nerdy Tekken player to leaker hero in just a decade. There's hope for everyone.

The profile itself is still available on the Internet Archive here:

Here's NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Anime Art Company Profile

Here's NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Anime Art Company Profile

Here's NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Anime Art Company Profile

Here's NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Anime Art Company Profile

Here's NSA Leaker Edward Snowden's Anime Art Company Profile