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NSA leaker charged with espionage, theft

Bobzmcishl Wrote: Jun 23, 2013 12:56 AM
Eisenhower was right in his farewell address. He saw what was coming down the pike in the name of national security. After Pearl Harbor, we took away the rights of Japanese American's and after 9/11 we built up the biggest spying organization in world history that can and might take down our country from within. George Orwell would have understood perfectly.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has charged former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with espionage and theft of government property in the NSA surveillance case.

Snowden, believed to be holed up in Hong Kong, has admitted providing information to the news media about two highly classified NSA surveillance programs.

A one-page criminal complaint unsealed Friday in federal court in Alexandria, Va., says Snowden engaged in unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information. Both are charges under the Espionage Act. Snowden also is charged with theft of government property. All three crimes carry a maximum...