American whistleblower Edward Snowden has become a father, with his wife Lindsay Mills giving birth to a baby boy. The happy couple posted a photo with their newborn son on Twitter. His lawyer previously confirmed the child would be granted Russian citizenship by birth.
Snowden sparked a major international scandal in 2013 after he leaked classified American and British intelligence information about extensive surveillance programmes to the newspapers The Washington Post and The Guardian. Due to the impact made by his revelations, the US Congress passed the Freedom Act in 2015, significantly curbing the mass collection of data.
Snowden, however, was indicted under the Espionage Act and forced to leave the United States for Hong Kong and then travelled to Moscow, where the whistleblower was granted three-year Russian residency which subsequently became permanent in 2020.