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article imageU.S. Justice Department preparing charges against whistleblower

By Sami Zaatari     Jun 11, 2013 in World
The U.S. Justice Department is preparing to file official criminal charges towards Edward Snowden for leaking classified information about the NSA's wide surveillance program.
According to ABC, the sources confirming the upcoming charges were by two top law enforcement officials.
The officials went on to say that the U.S. government was looking to act quickly on bringing Snowden back to America to face charges over the leaks.
Snowden has already been accused of treason by leading members of both Democrats and Republicans. Republican House Speaker John Boehner speaking to ABC, called Snowden a "traitor" who's put Americans at risk because of what he's done.
Diane Feinstein, Democratic chairman of the national intelligence committee called Snowden's actions "an act of treason."
The current whereabouts of Snowden are unknown after he checked himself out of the hotel he was staying in, though he is still believed to be based in Hong Kong as he checks his possible asylum options.
Russia has put itself forward as a possible destination for Snowden. Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that should Snowden make an application, Russian authorities would consider it.
Snowden meanwhile has been receiving wide support from the public, with a petition being created calling on President Obama to pardon Snowden for his actions. The petition has managed to garner 44,000 signatures so far.
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