CNN is learning more about NSA leaker Edward Snowden's life before the leak, when he lived an unassuming life in Hawaii, sharing a home with his girlfriend.
Miguel Marquez is tracing the timeline, leading up to Snowden's sudden departure to Hong Kong.
The White House said Monday it welcomes a debate over the electronic surveillance programs exposed by a National Security Agency contractor, even as federal agents began building a case against the self-proclaimed leaker.
Edward Snowden told the British newspaper the Guardian that he left behind his family and a six-figure job in Hawaii to reveal the extent of the NSA's collection of telephone and Internet data, which he called "an existential threat to democracy." The 29-year-old worked for computer consultant Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the U.S. electronic intelligence agency.
Snowden said he expects to be prosecuted for the leak, and a federal law enforcement official said Monday that FBI agents have begun an investigation by searching the 29-year-old's home and computers and seeking interviews with his girlfriend, relatives, friends and co-workers.
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EX-CIA employee Edward Snowden came forward as the man behind the NSA leaks over the weekend and is currently in hiding in Hong Kong.
CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin weighs in on Snowden's crime. He says it's clear Snowden broke the law and is in "enormous trouble." "He will certainly be investigated for it," Toobin says.
Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, the man who revealed himself as the individual who leaked classified information about U.S. government surveillance programs, is hiding out in Hong Kong and hoping to seek asylum in Iceland.
New York Republican Congressman Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism says Snowden "is dangerous to the country" and "should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law" for the leak.
"I consider him right now to be a defector," King says.