Ed Snowden charged with espionage

US federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden  with espionage.

The ex-CI contractor, hailed by many as a hero, leaked 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 theft, “unauthorized communication of national defense information” and “willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person,” according to the complaint. The last two charges were brought under the 1917 Espionage Act.

“The complaint, which initially was sealed, 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.

“After The Washington Post reported the charges, senior administration officials said late Friday that the Justice Department was barraged with calls from lawmakers and reporters and decided to unseal the criminal complaint.
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