The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to charge NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with leaking classified information. The FBI has begun questioning relatives and associates of Snowden, a former CIA employee who revealed he is behind a massive leak of documents outlining the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices. The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald has already published some of those documents and says there are more to come. Snowden’s whereabouts are unknown after he checked out of his Hong Kong hotel room on Monday. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended the administration’s policies on surveillance.
Jay Carney: “We need to strike the appropriate balance between our national security interests and our interests in privacy. The fact that, upon coming into office, he (President Obama) assessed, and his team assessed, programs that existed and in some cases enhanced oversight, and he believes that with the oversight that exists and the implementation of the programs as they are implemented, that he — that the balance is appropriately struck, has been appropriately struck, but it is an absolutely appropriate topic for debate.”