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United States charges Edward Snowden with espionage

United States charges Edward Snowden with espionage
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The United States has filed criminal charges against Edward Snowden, the man who told the world about the US’s secret surveillance programmes.

A court document, just made public, shows the sealed criminal complaint was made against Snowden on 14 June. The charges against the former intelligence contractor include espionage and theft of government property.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong after leaking details of how the US government monitors phone and internet data. The US is reported to be preparing an extradition request.

The leaks led to revelations that the US is seizing data under a National Security Agency programme known as Prism.

Snowden also alleges that US intelligence had been hacking into Chinese computer networks.

President Obama’s administration say Prism cannot be used to intentionally target anyone, and that it is supervised by judges.