Sunday, May 26, 2024

Edward Snowden, Living in Exile in Moscow, Says He’s a Direct Mayflower Descendant of Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins


Happy Thanksgiving!

Who is a real American, anyway? The answer used to be: the pilgrims, the people who came over from England on the Mayflower in the 1600s. The expression “came over on the Mayflower” is used to describe that gang.

So guess who is a real American? Why, Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who is now living in exile in Moscow. He helped publish reams of classified documents, was featured in an Oscar winning documentary as Citizen Four, and is Public Enemy Number 1.

In his new memoir, “Permanent Record,” Snowden reveals a shocking detail: he’s from a Mayflower pilgrim family. Remember the famous pilgrim couple, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins? We learn this in first grade. They almost weren’t married because Myles Standish tried to get in the way. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a famous poem about the triangle. (Do they still teach this?)

Anyway, John and Priscilla had a daughter named Elizabeth. Snowden’s mother is her direct descendant, he says, down the line through all the women.

So the joke’s on us. Who’s a turkey now? But it makes sense. John, Priscilla, and Myles all left England because they were unhappy with the King. They wanted to start a new society. Four hundred years later, their descendant, Edward Snowden, basically did the same thing. Only the pilgrim family wound up in North Carolina. Snowden is in Moscow. And he ain’t coming back. At least, not while Donald Trump is in office.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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