U.S. Files Criminal Charges Against Snowden

WASHINGTON — U.S. prosecutors have filed criminal charges against National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. officials said Friday, kicking off what is expected to be a lengthy process to have him returned to the U.S.

Mr. Snowden has said he leaked documents exposing NSA surveillance programs that he said he believed were overly intrusive. He is believed to be in hiding in Hong Kong.

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