Edward Snowden's former employer, US defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, have described his revelations as "shocking."
Snowden had top-secret clearance to help run the National Security Agency's computer systems as a contractor through the company. Booz Allen Hamilton pledged to co-operate with any investigation.
News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter
"It's like a thief shouting stop thief," that's how a leading Chinese expert described the fallout from the NSA spying revelations.
The revelation of the Prism intelligence-gathering program will undermine the US' moral authority to deal with China over cyber espionage.
America's top intelligence official has called Edward Snowden's actions a "violation of sacred trust."