Feds Prepping Charges Against Edward Snowden: Sources

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U.S. officials are in the process of filing charges against a government contractor after he admitted leaking secret government documents about controversial U.S. surveillance programs, CBS News correspondent John Miller has learned.

Edward Snowden, 29, now a former employee of government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, says he provided documents about the spying operations to journalist Glenn Greenwald, of the British newspaper The Guardian.

The programs were revealed last week by The Guardian and The Washington Post. National Intelligence Director James Clapper has taken the unusual step of declassifying some of the previously top-secret details to help the administration mount a public defense of the surveillance as a necessary step to protect Americans.

Snowden has fled to Hong Kong and dropped out of sight, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane. Hong Kong is a Chinese territory that has relative autonomy from Beijing.

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