Until May 1, when they abruptly moved out, he and his girlfriend, who is in her 20s, spent about six months renting a light blue-painted corner house on a neat street in Waipahu, a former sugar plantation area west of Honolulu.
Snowden had a 30-mile round trip each day commuting into Honolulu where he worked for defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton at the NSA’s local office.
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Neighbours were struck by the huge number of boxes he kept, piled floor to ceiling, in his double garage.
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