Americans Turning on NSA Leaker Snowden?

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National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's attorney says his client intends to stay in Russia. But whether the Russian government intends to let him remains unclear after efforts to move him from Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport failed Wednesday.

Russia is allowing his application for asylum to be considered despite U.S. demands that the former NSA contractor be extradited.

"Obviously any move that would allow Mr. Snowden to depart the airport would be deeply disappointing," U.S State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Meanwhile, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll found that public opinion of Snowden has changed drastically over the last month.

More than half of Americans now think he should be charged with a crime, up 10 points from June.

As for the surveillance programs Snowden revealed, 57 percent say it's more important for the government to stop potential terrorist attacks than to protect privacy. But that number is far lower than it used to be.

Meanwhile, the House defeated a plan Wednesday that would have limited the NSA's domestic spying. But the vote is unlikely to be the final word on government intrusion on privacy.

"All this amendment is attempting to do is to curtail the ongoing dragnet collection and storage of the personal records of innocent Americans," Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said.

"It does not de-fund the NSA and it will continue to allow them to conduct full-fledged surveillance as long as it relates to an actual investigation," he said.

The amendment was attached to a defense spending bill and would have required the government to show any collection of data is related to a specific individual.

Supporters of the NSA programs say they have stopped at least 50 terror plots across 20 countries, including 10 to 12 directed at the United States.

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