June 22nd, 2013
10:06 AM ET
9 years ago

U.S. charges Snowden with espionage

Washington (CNN) - Federal prosecutors have charged Edward Snowden, the man who admitted leaking top-secret details about U.S. surveillance programs, with espionage and theft of government property, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in Virginia on Friday.

The United States has asked Hong Kong, where Snowden is believed to be in hiding, to detain the former National Security Agency contract analyst on a provisional arrest warrant, The Washington Post reported, citing unnamed U.S. officials.


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  1. saywhat

    let us see how it plays out.
    Equally important even more so for us Americans the Washington Times report " Surveillance contractors poured massive amount of cash to campaigns of Congressmen". Foreign cos were involved too.
    Should we be concerned both on account of our basic rights and corporatization of National Security??

    June 22, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. boungiorno

    what he did is inform the US CITEZINS that the goverment got caught with their hands in TOO MANY COOKIE JARS

    June 22, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. luke,az

    This man is a traitor.

    June 22, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Donkey Party

    This low-life gave secret info to Communist China. If you think he's a "hero" or "patriot", then you're a Communist sympathizer.

    June 22, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. saywhat

    The lawmakers who authorized these 'contractors' to spy on Americans should also be in the dock.

    June 22, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. anonymous

    So exactly what secrets has he disclosed? This extensive data mining program was public knowledge years ago. He merely confirmed what we all suspected years ago, that our government lies to us and spies on us as much as possible. But don't worry people, big brother can be trusted. The IRS proved that.

    If you don't want a Big Brother looking over your shoulder and every where else then do something about it. Big government is NOT your friend.

    June 22, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    I bet he is fron GOP group–idiot.

    June 22, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Ron L

    He should be brought back and serve at least 25 years in jail....he is no hero...he broke the law...he ran to CHINA... where citizens are treated as expendable if you say ONE WORD against their government.

    June 22, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. Integrity

    He's a Hero who with his own consciousness had the bravery to tell the American People of an injustice being done. If we have laws that protect us (privacy) and those laws are not privilege of our RIGHT'S what's the point! Congress and other agencies doing secretive acts against our rights of passage should show the American people, there are truly real HIDDEN AGENDAS. To keep this under wrap is a weakness in our Government, as this were done without reservation but rather their purpose; a lie to say it's about "Terrorism" Who is really running this country? Why did our Government determine its alright to ploy in our business on the interest of our individuality is preposterous. I believe this young man should not be ridicule, but rather be looked upon as doing something right, informing us and those of us who respect his autonomy. It would be so very nice to bring back "Righteousness and Integrity" Our Government has changed and those changes really does not reflect Americans with a Heart for once to give the American People a positive of what happens when Our Government is bent on blinding US.

    June 22, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Don in albuquerque

    Start putting hemp neckties back in vogue and you will see a lot of things suddenly get straightened out. Including our elected, bribe taking officials.

    June 22, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. marita donalds

    Technically, would that not make Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein traitors as well? Which, in my view, would be ridiculous.

    June 22, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. dwicjan

    The man is not a traitor. He is a patriot. Who says he gave secret info to Communist China? Their hackers probably get more info than anything else. I'm an American but when our country starts spying on its own people, that is a problem. "Espionage" is a pretty harsh call. This comes on the 60th anniversary of the executions of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. They were accused and convicted of selling nuclear bomb secrets to the Russians during WWII. We should be concerned about this charge against Snowden.

    June 22, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. dwicjan

    The man is not a traitor. He is a patriot. When our own country starts spying on its citizens, it is time to protest and let people know about this. This espionage charge comes near the anniversary of the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were convicted of selling nuclear bomb secrets to the Russians during WWII. They left two young sons who were adopted and their last name changed because of bad things being done to them. We need to protest and be worried about this mess.

    June 22, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    Far from a hero. How do you people think he is able to travel too China, hide out there, eat, da-da-da-Some one paid for the information, for political reasons or whatever. All we need to know is who and why, and they can share the same gallows.

    June 22, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    "Technically wouldn't that make Mr. Woodward and Mr. Bernstein traitors as well.............."
    W and B did not reveal sensitive information. They did not sign a contract that prohibits sharing secrets that
    could put our people and America at risk, and they did not run to a communist country, then seek
    asylum in another country. They didn't hide.
    Apples and oranges.

    June 22, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Evergreen

    The country is still at war. His actions not only informed US citizens but it also gave our enemies information they can you to make it harder to disrupt their attacks.

    June 23, 2013 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  17. g

    when are they going to start charging american CEOS for shipping jobs overseas ,which is a bigger threat to national security

    June 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Anthony... proud tax payer

    The government you say is working against us, is the same one you also expect to protect us.
    Yet you praise a guy who exposes sensitive classified information which potentially jeopardizes your safety
    and you call him a hero?

    I guess exposing what the US was doing to spy on Communist China is being a "Patriot".... (for the WRONG country... )

    June 23, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |