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Good morning Edwards noted is his name an American a computer technician with the consulting firm Booz Allen he's believed to be hiding.
And a hotel room and Hong Kong.
In an interview with the UK's guardian newspaper -- explain just how far reaching that he says the government's powers.
Of surveillance have gone.
-- analyst at any time can target any one any selector anywhere.
Where -- communications will be picked up depends on the range of the sensor networks from the authorities that that analysts is and power with not all analysts have the ability to target everything.
But I -- my desk certainly have the authorities to to wiretap anyone.
From did you -- your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if I had -- personally now.
-- -- scenic -- he joins me now live from the White House.
-- White House responded directly to this explanation in this interview that was done by -- -- Not since that interview was released -- though but Edward Stone goes on to say that before he blew the whistle.
He accepted the risk of Britain and it felt like right now the Justice Department is trying to figure out exactly what he did.
They could send him there with a spokesman saying quote the Department of Justice is in the initial stages of an investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
By an individual -- authorized access consistent with longstanding department policy and procedure and in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.
We must decline.
Further comment on Friday we did hear President Obama though explain why it is his administration.
Takes leaks like this so seriously.
Our goal is to stop.
Folks from doing us harm and if every step we're taking try to prevent.
A terrorist act.
On the front page of the newspapers or on television and presumably the people were trying to do us -- Are going to be able to.
And the United States does have an extradition treaty with Hong Kong where that whistle blower -- -- is reportedly holed up.
-- well that's one of the big questions here how long he plans to stay there there's discussion about Iceland this morning as a possible refuge for them.
That's right and -- is that the right now he plans to visit Hong Kong and hope that the government -- That's not deport him but he had said.
Later on -- -- and possibly Seeking Asylum in Iceland and we now know that there's at least one lawmaker -- one media advocate who are sympathetic to.
His case they say quote.
-- -- currently attempting to get in touch with mr.
Snowden to confirm that -- it's his will and discuss the details of his asylum request our next.
Step will be to if -- the security implications of asylum ads as it is possible.
-- Iceland may not be the best location depending on various questions regarding the legal framework all these issues will be taken.
Into account but here in the states Martha Republican congressman Peter King is already coming out and saying that if -- -- and claims are true about blown the whistle that he -- the whistle blower.
Then no government should take.
Should grant him asylum.
Interesting how -- folks on how different sides are coming down in the interest in ways on this Peter thank you very much we'll see you laughs no and in that interview apparently and Hong Kong went on to explain why he was so quick to leave the US who was living in Hawaii at the time.
After leaking the information to the guardian newspaper admitting that he is worried about what could happen to him now.
I could be you know rendered by the CIA I could have people come after me or any of their their third party partners you know they would -- work closely with the number of other nations.
Or you know they make a pay off the trite answers you know any any of their agents or assets.
We've we've got to CIA station just up the road and the consulate here in Hong Kong I'm sure that they're going to be very busy for the next week.
And that's that's fear live under for the rest of my life however long that happens to be.
As he was describing their congressman king com is one of the congressman calling for prosecution and extradition how would that work.
By judge and an apology on -- Fox News senior judicial analyst with an announcer good morning to you morning got a lot to cover with you quickly in three minutes OK you're ready yes first on the legal so I would government go after and we just talked to a guy was -- -- life in prison.
He eventually let out to a misdemeanor.
What happens here right I think it's fairly certain that the government will go after him I think the intelligence community is embarrassed I think the White -- is embarrassed.
Even though I believe that this program is unconstitutional the intelligence committee believes it's lawful unconstitutional.
And believes it it will help them.
Stop terrorist attacks and I believe he has interfered with that so.
There they've -- more -- -- -- need to go after and I think that well because he's in a country with which as Peter -- so nicely and just of form as we have an extradition treaty.
It will be relatively easy to arrest him and relatively easy to get -- here -- relatively easy to indict him.
What happens after that.
It's up to a jury whether they think he's a hero or or goat torrent that's the legal side of it now to your side of the -- and -- -- -- a few days ago about the Fourth Amendment.
This is what Snowden talked about that interview in Hong Kong have a listen here.
Even if you're not doing anything wrong you're being watched and recorded and -- the storage capability of these systems increases every year.
By orders of magnitude.
To where it's getting to a point you don't have to have done anything wrong you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion.
What do you think -- the point he's making their judge what do we need to understand about what he's trying to count it's we need to understand.
That in secrecy.
The government has taken laws that we have written and enacted to protect us.
And that is used those laws to destroy our personal dignity and expose our innermost thoughts and behavior.
To the whims of government bureaucrats.
Not too long ago when he was the head of the CIA David Petraeus informed us that the CIA was able to tap into.
The computer systems in your dishwasher.
And your microwave and he jokingly said we know when your in your kitchen and people thought it was a joke but it turns out it's true.
It turns out that there's very little barriers between our private lives whether it's our kitchens -- our offices -- our basements.
He and the the lost of government officials to know what we're doing.
Some government officials are noble and selfless people not all of -- -- as we know from what happened with James Rosen and the associated press and and then guys -- And with the IRS and what this young man just told us is that people at his level 29 years old.
Had the authority captured the key strokes on the computer of the president of the united states of a federal judge of a general of an -- -- police chief of a housewife.
Openly gave that kind of authority to the government they took what was described last week that they know where you're thinking when you're typing and com we are told now though its first security.
Because you know terrorism is on the line here and they cited one example of -- bullets Ozzie coming into what New York City and they stopped it.
That's what they tell us now okay maybe it's terrorism now into a 2013.
What is it 2018.
What is it 2043.
Is -- your politics.
Is -- your health.
Is -- your employment you know -- where where does it stop because we because we are democracy because we believe that we have human liberty.
That comes from our humanity not from the government.
If we're going to give up certain liberty in return for safety I don't believe that that's a trade that works but a lot of people disagree with.
It is at least at that -- that we should have we never had this debate.
All of this comes as a surprise to us -- comes as a surprise to members of congress.
That somehow bureaucrats in the executive branch.
Are capturing the -- strokes and a recording that telephone conversations have half the country the president with the attorney general knew it.
This misguided judge who signed the warrant for it would -- the rest of us did.
If they want to take that kind of freedom away from -- differently we wanna give up that freedom.
It should be a voluntary surrender after a great national debate it shouldn't be gone undercover of darkness and to a surprise wanted to bring young later in the week because there -- be more to talk about this based on what we know now Rand Paul says he wants.
Ticket to the Supreme Court will see -- and I didn't get that.
I judge thank you see in the hallway and -- -- tunnel here with us now -- raises a lot of interest.
Points market to something to consider that.
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