The Snowden Leak: U.S. Spying and National Security


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In the vast, secretive world of U.S. intelligence -- a realm of clandestine agents, voracious super-computers and eagle-eyed satellites -- it turns out the IT guy is the weakest link. That vulnerability has been exposed by Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old contract worker at the National Security Agency who disclosed a program to collect Internet data and a massive culling of Americans' phone records. Now, amid warnings of compromised intelligence in a world of terror threats, members of Congress are calling for the prosecution of Snowden, champions are calling him a hero, libertarians are crying Big Brother, and Americans are trying to figure out how they feel about it all. Full coverage below.

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