US spying 'deeper under Obama'

Edward Snowden, US contractor who exposed the US Government's who leaked evidence of snooping, has said the US snooping "deepened" since President Barack Obama was elected in an internet Q&A.

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Snowden denies giving China classified information

Edward Snowden, who revealed he was the source of leaked information about US government surveillance programmes, denied having given classified information to China.

"I have had no contact with the Chinese government", Snowden said during a live chat on the Guardian website. "I only work with journalists".

NSA whistleblower's father urges him to return home

The father of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has urge his son to "come home and face this".

Lonnie Snowden told Fox News, "I would like to see Ed come home and face this. I shared that with the Government when I spoke with them".

He also urged the former NSA contractor not to leak any further documents or commit any acts that could be considered treason.

Lonnie Snowden being interviewed on Fox News. Credit: Fox News

In a plea to his son, Lonnie Snowden said: "We love you and we want you to come home. We want you to be safe, we want you to be happy. But I know you're your own man, and you're going to do what you feel that you have to do.

"I believe firmly that you are a man of principle, I believe in your character. I don't know what you've seen, but I just ask that you measure what you're going to do and not release any more information".

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China urges US to provide surveillance explanation

The US should provide the international community with "a necessary explanation" about the Prism surveillance programme, China's foreign ministry said today.

Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the US should pay attention to the concerns and demands of the international community.

When asked whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden - who is currently in Hong Kong - was a spy of China, Hua said that was "utterly ridiculous".

Snowden: Obama 'deepened and expanded' spying

National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed President Barack Obama "closed the door on investigating systematic violations of law" and "deepened and expanded several abusive programmes".

US President Barack Obama pictured Northern Ireland earlier today. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Snowden said during a live chat on the Guardian website that he waited to release documents until after Obama became President because his election campaign "gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems".

He said it was seeing a "continuing litany of lies" from senior officials to Congress that led him to leak the classified documents.

Snowden: 'US is not going to be able to cover this up'

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who exposed the US Government's secret phone and internet surveillance programmes, said the US "is not going be able to cover this up".

Speaking during a live chat on the Guardian website, Snowden said: "All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. The truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped".

He said that by openly declaring him guilty of treason, the US Government had "destroyed" any possibility of a fair trial in the United States.

Edward Snowden made the comments during a live chat on the Guardian website. Credit: Guardian/Glenn Greenwald/Laura Poitras

"The US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime", he wrote.

"That is not justice ... I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets," Snowden continued. "I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals and private businesses because it is dangerous".

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