President Barack Obama has been urged to prosecute Edward Snowden -- the CIA and NSA contractor who revealed U.S. surveillance apparatus -- for treason, the All Voices website reports today (June 11, 2013).
Snowden, 29, was working for Booz Allen Hamilton, a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in such areas as defense, intelligence, civil markets, etc. He revealed top secret documents of the National Security Agency (NSA) to the media from Hong Kong, where he is now seeking asylum.
Senior U.S. congressmen said that by revealing top secret intelligence information, Snowden has assisted al-Qaida. In his statements to the media, Snowden disclosed how the U.S. government collects telephone and online information. Some intelligence officials believe Snowden is a Chinese agent.
Republican congressman Peter King of New York -- who is the chairman of the House Homeland Security committee -- said in a statement, "The United States government must prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date." Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said Snowden's revelation was "the worst form of treason." He added that Snowden must be charged under the Espionage Act of 1917.