The espionage charges filed against the surveillance scandal's whistleblower Edward Snowden were filed on June 14, the unsealed court document has shown.
The former National Security Agency contractor, who has admitted revealing secret spying programmes to the media, is accused of three offences:
- Theft of government property.
- Unauthorised communication of national defence information.
- Willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorised person.
The latter two offences fall under the US Espionage Act and carry penalties of fines and up to 10 years in prison.
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