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The federal government has concluded there’s a new leaker exposing national security documents in the aftermath of surveillance disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, U.S. officials tell CNN.

Proof of the newest leak comes from national security documents that formed the basis of a news story published Tuesday by the investigative website The Intercept. The site also published Snowden’s leaks.

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Report: Snowden in Plea Talks With US

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is talking to the U.S. government about a possible plea deal on charges that he stole some 1.7 million top-secret documents, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Snowden would plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for returning the massive cache of documents he stole and later leaked to media outlets, reports the Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz. He is charged with conveying classified information to an unauthorized party, disclosing communications intelligence information, and theft of government property. Each charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.

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“Congressional leaders dismiss clemency for Snowden”


By Meredith Clark

The leaders of the Congressional intelligence committees said Sunday they oppose any possibility of clemency for Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who released thousands of documents shedding light on the agency’s constant global surveillance.

Nearly five months after the first reports based on the documents were published, Snowden – who is living in Russian under temporary asylum – requested clemency through a German member of parliament. Snowden also suggested he would be willing to testify before Congress about NSA abuses and help German authorities investigate allegations of U.S. spying on their country.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) have been forceful defenders of the intrusive and secretive surveillance programs, many of which collect private information from US citizens and companies without their knowledge.

The revelations, which have appeared chiefly in The Washington Post and the Guardian, have stoked public outrage and harmed U.S. diplomatic relations with many key allies.


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“Peter King: Obama should stop apologizing for NSA”


By Hadas Gold

“The president should stop apologizing, stop being defensive,: the New York Republican said on NBC’sMeet the Press.” “The reality is the NSA has saved thousands of lives not just in the United States but in France, Germany and throughout Europe.”

Last week, there were news reports that the NSA has conducted monitored millions of European phone calls, including tapping the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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King said “it bothers the hell out of me” when people in his own party like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) “try to exalt” NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

“Quite frankly, the NSA has done so much for our country and so much for the president, he’s the commander in chief. He should stand with the NSA,” King said.

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