U.S. Prepares Charges Against Alleged NSA Leaker: Sources


There was also great praise for Snowden from another famed whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg, who defied the Nixon administration four decades ago by leaking the Pentagon Papers about the Vietnam War.

"As for being a traitor, that's part of the price of telling the truth that the President doesn't want told," Ellsberg, now 82 years old, told ABC News. "I paid that price myself."

ABC News' Cindy Galli, Megan Chuchmach and Akiko Fujita contributed to this report.

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