The Washington Post is reporting that federal prosecutors have now officially charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with espionage. This marks the seventh time the Obama administration has charged a whistleblower under the Espionage Act, while all other presidents before him have taken such a move a combined total of three times.
The Post report says Snowden was officially charged with “espionage, theft and conversion of government property,” and the criminal complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.
The White House has publicly expressed its discontentment (to say the least) with the classified information Snowden had been supplying to The Guardian, even as President Obama and multiple members of Congress have insisted the existing program has enough transparency and oversight in place.
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