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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Apple and Facebook have responded to the revelation that the NSA has been collecting huge amounts of data from tech companies, CNN's Dan Simon reports. People's phone records, emails and videos have all been collected by the government.
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Whether it's on the road or parked on a local street it seems more than ever. It is currently being reported that drivers are being targeted for tickets.
Financially strapped governments big and small are looking for new revenue streams.
And it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.