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REPORT: Edward Snowden Found Dead
NEWS 10/06/2039 2:03 AM ET
REPORT: Edward Snowden Found Dead

Mark Hardy Rierson
South American Correspondent, Huntington Courier

CC BY 4.0 Damage from mudslide, southern highlands, PNG, 2012. Photo: AusAID produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade | Writer image: CC BY 4.0 Faces by Iqbal Osman | Images were cropped. Images used for illustration purposes only.
The mudslide which killed Snowden.
The Associated Press reported today that Edward Snowden has been killed, the apparent victim of a mudslide in the Venezuelan village in which he had been living as a refugee since 2025.

Snowden, 51, had been living in Venezuela since fleeing Russia in 2025. He dramatically escaped from U.S. authorities en route to Kubinka air base, from which he flew to South America.

Originally from Elizabeth City, NC, Snowden's career began in the U.S. Army Reserve in 2004, as a candidate for its special forces program. He was discharged after breaking both legs during training.

After establishing himself as an expert in cybersecurity with stints working for the CIA and Dell, he wound up working for Booz Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor.

It was in this role that Snowden procured somewhere between 1-2 million documents, some of which he released to Glenn Grunwald of the Guardian, and the publication of which created a global conversation on government surveillance of its citizens.

After fleeing Russia, Snowden was rumored to have landed in Venezuela with the assistance of its government, and transported south to the state of Amazonas. He was understood to be living in a village called Atahuana at the time of his death.

No mudslides have been reported in the vicinity for fifty years.

Snowden's death comes at a crucial time, as U.S. diplomats strive to stabilise relations with Venezuela's leaders. It has been reported that U.S. officials have a strong interest in establishing a defense base on Venezuelan soil.
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