After leaking a set of PowerPoint slides that disclosed a massive United States government electronic spying program, former Central Intelligence Agency employee Edward Snowden asked a reporter to reveal his identity last week, then braced himself for the consequences. He apparently remains in Hong Kong, where he had been holed up in a hotel room for three weeks as he executed his planned leak. He could face extradition to the United States, where officials likely would prosecute him for revealing state secrets. Or he might find asylum in another country.
Thanks to classified files Snowden disclosed, The Guardian and The Washington Post last week published details about PRISM, a program the National Security Agency uses to secretly obtain emails, documents, and audio and video files from major internet companies, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft. “I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things,” Snowden said. U.S. intelligence officials claimed the leak may have given an advantage to the nation’s enemies.
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