To some, he’s a hero. To others, a treasonous saboteur. But of one thing, there is no doubt: former NSA contractor Edward Snowden changed the course of history by leaking a mountain of confidential documents detailing various NSA programs used to covertly monitor communications around the world. Whether or not you agree with what Snowden did, there has always been a bit of curiosity surrounding exactly how the huge NSA breach went down. As it turns out, reality is far less thrilling than you might imagine.

A movie about the events surrounding Snowden and the NSA documents he leaked might feature Mission:Impossible style covert operations where the protagonist narrowly escapes capture in dramatic fashion. In reality, Snowden stole many of the documents he leaked by asking a civilian NSA worker with a higher security clearance to log into his workstation. When the employee did, Snowden apparently stole his password.

A memo obtained by NBC detailed the humdrum event, and the worker whose password Snowden allegedly stole has resigned and is no longer with the NSA.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.