Reports today indicate that Ed Snowden....our NSA dude in Moscow....is running rapidly out of capital. In other words....he's getting pretty close to being broke.
What the journalists will say is that Ed's lifestyle, security, and basic requirements of life cost a good bit. What he had to start with....is mostly finished. He's relying a good bit off donations from oddball foundations that seek to help Ed.
The average monthly cost to Ed?
I'd take a humble guess here. He's likely got one guy on twenty-four coverage to protect him and drive him around town. Figure a minimum of seven thousand bucks a month for that kind of security in Moscow. Toss in rent....maybe a thousand for a decent place with power and heat included. Food and beverage....another thousand a month. So Ed needs roughly nine thousand a month to get to the minimum in life.
Ed's talker seems to indicate that Ed has a job and makes some income. They won't say the company or type of work. I'd take a humble guess in Moscow and say he's pulling around four thousand dollars a month for that type of work.
Ed's entire system of life....revolves around the charitable efforts of dozens and hundreds of people. They convince various well-off hardware and software enthusiasts to donate to a site, and they work to move the cash to Ed....likely in the form of debit cards and such.
How long can Ed survive like this? It's an interesting scenario. Ed's life isn't exactly a paved trail or leading to any type of social security situation. Ed is thirty years old. He might be able to get in on the Russian social system....but that'd likely amount to the equivalent of one-hundred-and-fifty bucks a month, when he turns sixty-five.
I imagine that Ed now sits around at night, grumbles about the living conditions, the food, and the lack of any real friends. Ed probably reviews how the bills will be paid, and he can ever get into a regular routine of owning a house, taking a vacation, or grilling a steak in the backyard.
Ed doesn't worry about replacing his septic tank, clearing the roof of leaves in the fall, or planning his Black-Friday shopping strategy.
Ed is likely thinking long and hard over the next step, and how it's got to be a front-page item. Attention was something that he enjoyed...for a fleeting moment. Now? He's mostly a page five item, and always waiting for the CNN crew to arrive and interview him for Piers Morgan's show.
This is the life of Ed. Money short, life on a stick, and chaotic planning accepted as normal. It's as good as it gets.