FBI Director Robert Mueller told members of the House Judiciary Committee Thursday that the U.S. government is taking all “necessary steps” to prosecute NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“As to the individual who has admitted making these disclosures, he is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation,” Mueller told the committee.
The National Security Agency, while having conducted their own investigation into Snowden, filed a formal request with the Justice Department on June 8 to begin a criminal investigation into Snowden.
Snowden, a 29 year old veteran of the CIA and former NSA defense contractor, revealed himself to be the source of reports by The Guardian and The Washington Post the following day
Snowden is currently hiding in Hong Kong, leading many U.S. intelligence officials to fear that he may be attempting to defect to China with thousands of sensitive documents, reports ABC News.
A majority of Americans, however, are sympathetic to Snowden and believe he is a patriot for revealing the NSA’s domestic spying program.