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The most popular stories on the Guardian website in 2013

31 December 2013 4:05 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Edward Snowden to Miley Cyrus, the most viewed stories of 2013 on the Guardian website varied in seriousness and style

So that was 2013 – the year that Nelson Mandela died, the Pope resigned, Syria spiralled further into chaos and Miley Cyrus licked a hammer. But what were the stories that most gripped Guardian readers? Clue: they weren't all about Margaret Thatcher.

Based on the number of visits to each page, here are the most viewed stories of 2013 on theguardian.com. Figures are correct as of 20 December 2013; we have not listed multiple articles on the same topic.

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1) Edward Snowden: The whistleblower behind the Nsa revelations

Monday 10 June 2013

"My name's Ed Snowden, I'm 29 years old. I work for Booz Allen Hamilton as an infrastructure analyst for Nsa in Hawaii." With those words, the young whistleblower revealed he was the source of the biggest intelligence leak in the history of America's National Security Agency, »

- Esther Addley

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Spike Lee Makes Kickstarter Goal, Will Make His Blood Addiction Movie (And It Still Definitely Isn't 'Blacula')

16 August 2013 9:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As Spike Lee's Kickstarter page starts to look like a bargain basement intent on getting rid of all of the promotional materials for Spike Lee's impressive oeuvre, he's just crossed his $1,250,000 goal today, with five days left to go. As we reported earlier, Lee's campaign initially turned many of his fans off, but as time went on, he got the hang of the platform. Read More: Spike Lee Does the Right Thing: The Seven Ways He Revamped His Kickstarter Campaign Throughout the campaign, Lee insisted that very little about the film's actual content would be revealed; he instead relied on his reputation as a filmmaker that pushed boundaries -- and buttons -- in the film industry and regularly helped out his students at the Nyu film school. In recent days, Lee has been spotlighting individual rewards that people should take note of in a "Today's Special" component of his Kickstarter page. »

- Bryce J. Renninger

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