Whistleblower Edward Snowden Charged with Espionage, Reveals New Details about UK Spying

| by Michael Allen
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Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency's (NSA) electronic spying program targeting millions of Americans, has been charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property by federal prosecutors.

Ironically, the details of the criminal complaint have been sealed by the U.S. government and cannot be viewed by the American public or reporters.

The U.S. government has called upon the Hong Kong government to imprison Snowden on a "provisional arrest warrant," reports the Washington Post.

In May, Snowden copied secret U.S. government files onto a USB pin, left his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii, flew to Hong Kong and turned over numerous documents over to The Guardian, a British newspaper.

While Hong Kong has its own legal system and local government, it answers to China under a “one country, two systems” arrangement.

Meanwhile, Snowden has released more spying information, this time about the British government, to The Guardian.

According to Snowden, Britain's Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ)  has been tapping into fiber optic cables carrying telephone and email information of UK citizens.

“Mastering the Internet” and “Global Telecoms Exploitation” are two programs both run by the GCHQ, which is part of the “Five Eyes” surveillance network: UK, United States, England, Canada and Australia.

The Guardian reports: “GCHQ and the NSA are consequently able to access and process vast quantities of communications between entirely innocent people, as well as targeted suspects."

"This includes recordings of phone calls, the content of email messages, entries on Facebook and the history of any internet user’s access to websites—all of which is deemed legal, even though the warrant system was supposed to limit interception to a specified range of targets.”

Sources: The Guardian and Washington Post