US charges NSA leaker Edward Snowden with espionage

Home in Kapolei that Snowden rented
Home in Kapolei that Snowden rented

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Prosecutors have filed espionage charges against Edward Snowden, the man who disclosed American internet and telephone surveillance programs.

The former contractor for the National Security Agency is in Hong Kong, and the U.S. has asked authorities there to detain him. The sealed criminal complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Snowden worked and lived on Oahu before leaving the country to seek asylum.

The 29-year-old intelligence analyst lived with his girlfriend in a three-bedroom home in Kunia.

Snowden worked for consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Booz Allen Hamilton's Hawaii office is headquartered downtown in the Pacific Guardian Center at the corner of Nimitz and Alakea.

Snowden told The Guardian newspaper his Booz Allen salary for his Hawaii job was about $200,000 a year. His girlfriend has been identified as Lindsay Mills, according to London's Daily Mail newspaper.

She was a member of a Waikiki acrobatics troupe.

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