Who doesn't want fame? But for most of us it's out of reach. Not so for a tech wizard. So, Edward Snowden was not being grandiose when he boasted of his tech abilities and how in demand he was. As THE NEW YORK TIMES chronicles, this seemingly unambitious man was quite ambitious.
If we trust how THE NEW YORK TIMES fits the pieces together, then we can't help but speculate that Snowden released all that data to the media as a means of becoming a household name. He succeeded. Until the end of time he will be famous or infamous, depending on a point of view.
But handing over data could be simply the first step in his quest for fame. If he defects to China, he could be a key architect of China's intelligence system. That could get him a leadership position in government. One of the U.S. presidents could be across from Snowden, negotiating a cyber agreement.
Given the opportunity, what would we trade for fame?