CNN is following the trail in Russia today where NSA leaker Edward Snowden is holed-up this morning.
Snowden, considered a fugitive from justice in the U.S., is believed to be waiting for safe-passage to Ecuador, but the government there says it won't be forced into a decision concerning Snowden's asylum request.
CNN's Phil Black is following developments live in Moscow.
A 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor leaked details of a top-secret American program that collects vast streams of phone and Internet data, American and British newspapers revealed Sunday.
"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," the source, Edward Snowden, told Britain's the Guardian, one of the papers that broke stories on the program last week.
The Washington Post also disclosed Sunday that Snowden was the source on its stories.
Snowden is a former technical assistant for the CIA and has been working at the National Security Agency, the U.S. electronic intelligence service, for the past four years, the newspaper reported. He said he walked away from a six-figure job in Hawaii for the computer consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and has holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong in preparation for the expected fallout from his disclosures.
The Justice Department is now officially launching an investigation into the unauthorized leaks made by Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden regarding the NSA.
Intelligence committee leaders both in the House and Senate are now saying Snowden should be prosecuted. Brianna Keilar has more on the story.