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The United States is braced for a drawn-out effort to capture the rogue spy who dramatically exposed its domestic surveillance apparatus, as President Barack Obama was urged to prosecute him for treason. Edward Snowden, a year-old intelligence contractor, was seeking asylum after apparently leaving a hotel in Hong Kong, where he leaked top secret documents on the National Security Agency NSA to the media. Snowden told The Guardian , while suggesting that he could alternatively seek protection in Iceland.
Senior congressmen accused Mr. Snowden of inflicting a historic blow to U. Some former intelligence officials even accused him of being a Chinese agent. John Bolton, a former U. He said he would not disclose them, and he lied.
The Department of Justice is believed to have opened an investigation. More than half the 25, staff of Booz Allen, his employer, hold government security clearances. Experts said that he had placed himself under threat of ultimately being returned to the U. Its court of final appeal ruled that the Hong Kong government, which ly depended on rulings by the United Nations refugee authorities, must establish its own asylum screening process. Because no system has yet been implemented, an application from Mr. Snowden would face lengthy delays, buying him time to consider his next move while probably blocking any attempt to deport him.
Baer said some U. And if it was, it was an act of pure brilliance. We will never get him back now. Commentators have pointed out that his disclosures coincided with the visit to the U. Yet Mr. Snowden attempted to have his documents published in The Washington Post weeks earlier, according to that newspaper, which lost contact with him after refusing to rush to publication. Other analysts doubted that China would risk further souring relations with Washington by defying an attempt to extradite Mr. Birgitta Jonsdottir, who ly assisted WikiLeaks with its disclosures of U.
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