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Source of NSA leak steps forward in Hong Kong

Former CIA worker decries data-gathering, could face legal action

A 29-year-old former undercover CIA employee said Sunday that he was the principal source of recent disclosures about top-secret National Security Agency programs, exposing himself to possible prosecution in an acknowledgment that had little if any precedent in the long history of US intelligence leaks.

Edward Snowden, a tech specialist who has also contracted for the NSA and works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, unmasked himself as a source after a string of stories in the Washington Post and the Guardian that detailed previously unknown US surveillance programs. He said he disclosed secret documents in response to what he described as the systematic surveillance of innocent citizens.

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