Feds charge Snowden with espionage

The U.S. government has quietly charged ex-NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden with espionage, theft, and conversion of government property, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Snowden, a former NSA contractor made headlines when he leaked details about top-secret surveillance programs that collect certain user information from Internet companies and phone service providers in an effort to track down terrorists.

In addition to filing a sealed criminal complaint, the U.S. has asked Hong Kong to detain Snowden, so he can be extradited to the U.S. for trial, unnamed U.S. officials told the Post. U.S. prosecutors have …

More @ news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57590549-83/feds-charge-snowden-with-espionage/

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