NSA Leaker's Latest Revelations Put US on Defense

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National Security Administration leaker Edward Snowden made the front page of Hong Kong newspapers Thursday after revealing another round of top secret information.

Snowden told the South China Morning Post that U.S. computer hackers targeted China, North Korea and even Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, the government is defending its data collection program before lawmakers in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a military affairs fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, share his thoughts on the matter on CBN's Newswatch, June 13.

In a congressional hearing Thursday, FBI Director Robert Mueller tried to erase any perception of Snowden as a hero and paint him instead as someone who's severely damaged the country.

"These disclosures have caused significant harm to our nation and to our safety," Mueller told lawmakers.

Mueller emphasized that Snowden is the focus of a criminal investigation and that the surveillance programs he exposed are legal.

"The FISA court has approved both programs and these programs have been conducted consistent with the Constitution and the laws of the United States," he testified.

Meanwhile, many believe Snowden's interview Wednesday with the South China Morning Post won him sympathy there.

"For a lot of Hong Kong people, it's quite scary," the newspaper's chief news editor, Chung Yan Chow, said.

Although Snowden's claims have not been verified, many appear to believe them. Human rights activists in Hong Kong are planning a large anti-U.S. rally this weekend.

Snowden told the Post that he has faith in the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide his fate, but he also said he may seek asylum in Iceland - or Russia.

But questions about how Snowden was able to obtain so much classified information remain.

Legislators are also concerned about the law that allows the secret surveillance program that Snowden exposed. The Patriot Act expanded law enforcement power to gather information with fewer restrictions, allegedly to fight potential terror attacks.

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced the Patriot Act in 2001. He says the administration and the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have gone far beyond what the act intended.

In the meantime, Snowden's accusations of U.S. computer hacking have escalated tensions between China and the United States, with both accusing the other of cyber-attacks.

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