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U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage
06-22-2013, 01:38 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-22-2013, 01:43 AM by mexika.)
U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage
Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.

Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the case.

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Documents lay out procedures for targeting communications from foreigners and protecting Americans

The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction where Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is headquartered and a district with a long track record of prosecuting cases with national security implications.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Snowden flew to Hong Kong last month after leaving his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii with a collection of highly classified documents that he acquired while working at the agency as a systems analyst.

The documents, some of which have been published in The Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper, detailed some of the most-secret surveillance operations undertaken by the United States and theUnited Kingdom, as well as classified legal memos and court orders underpinning the programs in the United States.

The 30-year-old intelligence analyst revealed himself June 9 as the leaker in an interview with the Guardian and said he went to Hong Kong because it provided him the “cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained.”

Snowden subsequently disappeared from public view; it is thought that he is still in the Chinese territory. Hong Kong has its own legislative and legal systems but ultimately answers to Beijing, under the “one country, two systems” arrangement.

The leaks have sparked national and international debates about the secret powers of the NSA to infringe on the privacy of Americans and foreigners. Officials from President Obama down have said they welcome the opportunity to explain the importance of the programs and the safeguards they say are built into them. Skeptics, including some in Congress, have said the NSA has assumed the power to soak up data about Americans that was never intended under the law.

There was never any doubt that the Justice Department would seek to prosecute Snowden for one of the most significant national security leaks in the country’s history. The Obama administration has shown a particular propensity to go after leakers and has launched more investigations that any previous administration. This White House is responsible for bringing six of the nine total indictments ever brought under the 1917 Espionage Act. Snowden will be the seventh individual when he is formally indicted.

Justice Department officials had already said that a criminal investigation of Snowden was underway and was being run out of the FBI’s Washington field office in conjunction with lawyers from the department’s National Security Division.

I don't know about you G's, but I think he will never make it to the so called Justice and Freedom Courts of the Snakes. Most like he will be accident and right at this moment, snowden requires all protections from anybody and from anywhere. Micheal Hastings was just one of those cases...and now he is no more. Surely, they will never put Snowden to trial and surely they have other ways of dealing with him, your guess??
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06-23-2013, 04:26 PM,
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06-23-2013, 09:52 PM,
RE: U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage
This story will make a hell of a movie some day.

It's playing out like a freakin' spy movie right now:

Say what you will; I'm pulling for him. But, yes, even if he is granted political asylum in Ecuador, he'll be looking over his shoulder from here on out.

Lot's of government stooges really calling for his head. If it's all a psyop they've sure gone all out to make it believable for the headline scanning populace of the USSA. Hell, make that the whole world.

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