US READY TO CHARGE SNOWDEN – Sunday June 23 2013

– Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs.
The United States has also asked Hong Kong to detain Mr Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant. He was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, US officials said.
The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction in which Mr Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, has its headquarters, and a district with a long track record of prosecuting cases with national security implications.
A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
Mr Snowden, 29, flew to Hong Kong last month after leaving his job at an NSA facility in Hawaii with a collection of highly classified documents that he acquired whole working at the agency as a systems analyst.
The documents, some of which have been published in “The Washington Post” and Britain’s “Guardian” newspaper, detailed some of the most secret surveillance operations undertaken by the US and the UK, as well as classified legal memos and court orders underpinning the programs in the US.
Mr Snowden revealed himself on June 9th and the leaker in an interview with “The Guardian” and said he went to Hong Kong because it provided him the “cultural and legal framework to allow me to work without being immediately detained”.
He then disappeared from public view, and it is thought that he is still in the Chinese territory. Hong Kong has its own legislative and legal systems but ultimately answers to Beijing, under the “one country, two systems” arrangement.
The leaks have sparked national and international debates about the secret powers of the NSA to infringe on the privacy of both Americans and foreigners.
President Barack Obama and other federal officials have said they welcome the opportunity to explain the importance of the programs and the safeguards they say are built into them.
Sceptics, including some in Congress, have said the NSA has assumed power to soak up data about Americans that was never intended under the law.
There was never any doubt that the Justice Department would try to prosecute Mr Snowden for one of the most significant national security leaks in the country’s history.
The Obama administration has shown a willingness to go after leakers and has launched more investigations than any previous administration.
Justice Department officials had already said that a criminal investigation of Mr Snowden was under way and was being run out of the FBI’s Washington field office with the help of lawyers from the department’s National Security Division.
By filing a criminal complaint, prosecutors have a legal basis to make the request of the authorities in Hong Kong.
Prosecutors now have 60 days to file an indictment, probably also under seal, and can then move to have Mr Snowden extradited from Hong Kong for trial in the US.
The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks has held some discussions with officials in Iceland about providing asylum to Mr Snowden – Peter Finn & Sari Horwitz


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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