It begins

Edward Snowden charged with espionage:

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, 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 espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the officials said.

The complaint 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 in prosecuting cases with national security implications.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Snowden 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 while working at the agency as a systems analyst.

H/t Thomas Soldan.

3 thoughts on “It begins

  1. Who did Snowden illegally spy on? Did he violate someone’s rights against unlawful search or seizure?

  2. And, if he’s charged with spying, who is he spying FOR? The American people?

    That would make sense: The Powers That Be, and especially this president, believe in lying to the public. Telling truth is, well, no in their game plan unless it promotes their hold on and increase of power for themselves. When others tell the public the truth, and it appears to affect public opinion, those truth tellers are considered outlaws.

  3. Just a teensy, tiny difference in those for whom this administration (may as well make it a small “a”) adopt the posture of “well, that would be looking back, and we want to look ahead”, i.e., corrupt bankers – and those for whom they can’t incarcerate or kill fast enough, i.e., those who reveal truths that make them look bad.

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