NSA Whistle-Blower Snowden charged in NSA surveillance case

NSA Whistle-Blower Snowden charged in NSA surveillance case
The U.S. Justice Department has asked Hong Kong officials to detain NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden after sealed criminal charges against him were filed. One anonymous source said that the charges filed were for espionage, theft and conversion of government property. The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, home to Snowden's former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden flew to Hong Kong last month in possession of government papers that he was able to obtain through his position as a systems analyst.

Prosecutors have 60 days to file an indictment against Snowden and then seek his extradition from Hong Kong. If the extradition battle makes its way to the Hong Kong's highest court, as seems likely, the process could take months. An extradition treaty that the country shares with the U.S. has an exception for offenses of a political character, which is likely to make this a long running battle. Snowden faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for each charge.

The whole affair started earlier this month when secret court documents were leaked, showing that the NSA had requested data about millions of calls involving Verizon customers. More information leaked about companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo. All five companies denied their involvement in the PRISM program.

On Friday, published reports out of the U.K. said that the GCHQ spy agency in Britain was tapped into the fiber-optic networks that carry phone calls and internet traffic and is turning that information over to the NSA.

source: USAToday via Yahoo

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28 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Who didn't see this coming..

3. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

More or less what I thought would happen once he revealed himself. Wondering if there's any way he can counter the charges. Surely the utter destruction of constitutional liberties has to have some kind of criminal consequence...

5. milesboy5

Posts: 179; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

That's what I've been wondering... If he could find some loophole as to where this can be proven to be more unconstitutional than beneficial then he has a case against the gov't but if not then he f'ed

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Kind of hard to counter the charges in open court when everything about the program is top secret sensitive compartmented information. If Snowden is rendered (er, extradited), he will be the last prisoner in Gitmo that keeps it from being closed. Even after all of the Taliban have been repatriated back to Afghanistan.

19. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

once you reveal your identity in this kind thing. either get killed or get life time jail. spend rest of life in jail is worse than get killed. feel sad for him.

22. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Revealing himself was probably the better move. The media now has a better idea of what's happening to him. If he gets killed, people will get mad.

13. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

atleast his car didnt hit a tree and explode

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

what is right or wrong is a matter of perspectives. he signed a non disclosure and break it that is real. he has proven himself not trustworthy.

23. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Our government has proven itself not trustworthy. He saw huge injustices happening and did something about it. He saw our government no longer being a democracy, but more or less using Machiavellian tactics to put itself in a huge position of power. Even more so than it has already had. Someone had to do it.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

by being just as untrustworthy. which country does not have secret. timely information it's what keep the country from enemy attack and I believe America has its fair share of both domestic and international threat.

2. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Its okay for govt to look into our things without telling anybody but should punish those who do the opposite! Its not a big thing! It has been there for a while now.

4. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So it's a criminal act to let innocent until proven guilty people know that the government is going through their personal data. What happened to a government by the people for the people? Now it's more like by the few against the many. Maybe Canada wouldn't be so bad after all.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The 4th amendment to ceased to exist shortly after 9/11. Dick Cheney made sure of that. Barry has just got the judiciary to give the Good Housekeeping seal of approval to vacuuming up electronic comms. The fig leaf that makes everything 'legal' is that no conversations are listened to without a warrant. Emails, attachments, SMS, metadata from the calls are all open season to track.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

the U.S. Constitution Sorry, but can't edit after 240 seconds... :-(

6. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

An act our founding fathers would applaud is considered a crime. Sad

26. ZeroCide

Posts: 806; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

He is a hero of the people. The founding fathers would be proud and turning in their graves at what the US has become,

28. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The founding fathers never had the present problems did they?

10. threeline

Posts: 299; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Why would this moron go through all this trouble just to tell us something we already know? If you think the government is not going through your personal info or will when they need to, is just plain out of touch. If he felt his work was against his morals he should've not signed the security clearances he received and confidentiality agreements. No one wants to be snooped on but in reality how can terrorism be headed off in this technology age without snooping and having certain actions flagged. This is the world we live it now. I'm not giving up my laptop or smartphone because the government is snooping.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The old saying....choose your battles wisely....comes to mind. He obviously felt a certain way about what he knew. He went about it the wrong way. There was really no way to go with this and not get in trouble. I wonder how many scientists, doctors out there know about unethical things done in the name of medicine, finding cures...

12. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

All he needs is a crowbar and an HEV suit to fight the Combine... err, NSA. Good luck out there buddy. You're gonna need it.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Why should we care bout this guy when NSA are the ones listening too us

20. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

beause he is the one told you NSA is listening to us?

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

There's a petition for the pardon of Edward Snowden on whitehouse.gov. It needs like 130 more signatures as of right now. the link is: petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-edward-sn​owden/Dp03vGYD I tried to get phone arena to post a story about it 2 weeks ago but they never did.

16. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I signed it last week.

21. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

petition won't make a scratch on this angry wolf government.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The petition wont matter because he signed the confidentiality papers... The fact that its govt property that he leaked to the world....he doesnt stand a chance. If it was a private corporation, maybe. The fact that it involved being used in other countries.....he will be lucky to get 20 years. Doing what he did coulda got someone killed in another country for all we know. All I will say is working for an agency like NSA and others like it isnt for the faint of heart. Dont be so naive when accepting a job like that.

18. amancarlos

Posts: 42; Member since: May 09, 2012

snowden says: "winter is coming!"

27. Caralho

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Long Live House Stark!!!! Down with the Lannisters!!! lol

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