"Halfway through 10th grade, during the 1998-1999 school year, Snowden dropped out of Arundel High School, where he had made little impression.
Three years later, his parents divorced. He dipped in and out of course work over the next dozen years and was eventually certified as a Microsoft Solutions Expert — a gateway to tech jobs. But Snowden felt stuck in those first years of adulthood.
In 2004, he enlisted in the Army Reserve as a Special Forces recruit but less than four months later he was discharged.
Snowden struggled through a period of joblessness, spending long nights playing computer games and chatting online.
In 2006, Snowden made a remarkable leap from security guard at the University of Maryland to security clearance. His new position with the CIA put him on the path to extensive travel, a six-figure income and extraordinary access to classified material.
How he managed that jump remains unclear."In the magical world of the CIA dreams do come true.