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June 13th, 2013
08:38 AM ET

FBI Director in the hot seat as he faces a grilling from Congress over NSA surveillance programs

In just a few hours, FBI Director Robert Mueller will be on Capitol Hill facing off with members of the House Judiciary Committee. They are sure to fire some tough question his way about the NSA's once secret surveillance and data mining operations.

–        Dan Lothian reports

READ MORE: NSA director: Data mining follows law, thwarts terror

Filed under: FBI • NSA
June 12th, 2013
12:59 PM ET

Jake Tapper: 'I highly doubt journalists will be prosecuted' in NSA leak

CNN's Jake Tapper is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans on whether journalists, particularly journalists from The Guardian and Washington Post, should be prosecuted in the NSA leak. He does not believe any journalists will be prosecuted in this leak even though President Obama's justice department has cited the Espionage act more times than 'all other presidents combined. No journalists have actually been prosecuted despite the more aggressive stance this administration has taken on this issue, and he 'does not expect they will do the same with Glenn Greenwald' from The Guardian in this case.

Filed under: NSA • Politics
June 11th, 2013
08:37 AM ET

Snowden kept 'low digital profile' before leak

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.

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Filed under: Leak • NSA
June 11th, 2013
07:19 AM ET

Federal agents building case against Snowden while White House claims to welcome debate on elec. surveillance – Joe Johns reports


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.

READ MORE: Feds start building case against NSA leaker

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Filed under: Government • Leak • NSA • Treason • Washington
June 10th, 2013
11:17 AM ET

Retired FBI Agent Coleen Rowley was 911 whistleblower

Retired FBI Agent Coleen Rowley is on 'Starting Point' talking with John Berman and Christine Romans about the similarities and difference between her case, and the case of Edward Snowden leaking government surveillance information from the NSA.

READ MORE: Called a defector, NSA leaker defends his decision

Filed under: 9/11 • NSA
June 10th, 2013
08:36 AM ET

CNN Sr. Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says NSA leaker is 'in enormous trouble'

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.

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Filed under: Law • Leak • NSA
June 10th, 2013
07:45 AM ET

Rep. Peter King says NSA leaker Edward Snowden is a 'defector'

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.

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Filed under: Intel • Leak • NSA • Whistleblower