Snowden Web manga profile still online

by Reiji Yoshida

Staff Writer

Edward Snowden has become the world’s hot-button item since divulging that the U.S. National Security Agency has engaged in a massive spying effort targeting Americans and individuals overseas, touching off one of the country’s most explosive intelligence scandals of recent years.

But in 2002 he was apparently just a teen who loved manga, anime and video game culture and worked for a now-defunct animation company based in the U.S., according to Snowden’s profile page at the firm that could still be viewed on an Internet archive as of Saturday.

“I like Japanese, I like food, I like martial arts, I like ponies, I like guns, I like food, I like girls, I like my girlish figure that attracts girls, and I like my lamer friends,” Snowden wrote on his Ryuhana Press profile page, which bore a 2002 date. “That’s the best biography you’ll get out of me, coppers!”

Snowden appeared to be a big fan of Japanese video games, including “Tekken,” a popular martial arts role-playing game (RPG) originally developed by Namco Ltd. “I always wanted to write RPG campaigns with my spare time,” Snowden wrote.

Reuters first reported on Snowden’s profile page Wednesday. The page was reportedly deleted after the news agency made an inquiry, but it could still be viewed. A line at the bottom of the page reads: “All contents © Ryuhana Press, 2000-2002.”

Snowden was still a teenager in 2002, but the profile put his age at 37.

The page carried an anime-like illustrated portrait of Snowden, who is seen wearing thin rectangular glasses — just as he appeared in recent media interviews that shook the world’s intelligence community to its core.

Snowden’s job title is listed on the page as “Editor/ Coffee Boy.”

Ryuhana Press “was created for the purpose of showcasing new talent in the rapidly expanding world of anime-style art” but was shut down in February 2004, one of the firm’s websites states.

“However, this is not the end,” the website says. “The entire point of this website was to help educate new manga artists about the inside workings of the industry, and to give our artists a hands-on lesson about the tough world of publishing.”

According to Reuters, the defunct company listed an address next door to the NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland.

  • http://akemi-mokoto.me/ Akemi Mokoto

    From Anime fan to traitor.

    • http://www.bregham.com/ Bregham

      Surely you mean from “Anime fan to defender of the right to privacy”, or have I missed something?

    • Casper Steuperaert

      From Anime fan to international hero

      • http://akemi-mokoto.me/ Akemi Mokoto

        Heroes don’t run to other countries to do their work, my friend. Cowards do.

      • Casper Steuperaert

        If one of the most powerful nations in the world. A two party-olicharchy is on your track, with it’s reputation. I wouldn’t stay there as well. He’s only safe in a real democracy. Hong Kong comes closer then the US, were both Democrats and Republicans would rather see him punished

      • speedyexpress48

        Well, obviously the US isn’t safe enough for him…

      • Isis Estrada

        U.S. heroes are also killed in their own country by the conservatives, just as MLK, Lincoln and JFK. That’s what Snowden is trying to prevent :)

    • Becca

      Maybe he betrayed his own government.
      But it’s exposing something bad that the government was doing to it’s people.
      So…
      Anyway, If you knew you government was doing something horrific. You could either tell everyone or just keep it a secret like all the other people in the government. Which seems more cowardly?

  • Akyli Ewell

    Woah what an interesting article to know info about this american hero