Transcript for US Prepares Criminal Charges for NSA Leaker
Now, to edward snowden, the whistle-blower who says he leaked the explosive top-secret documents about the american government's massive surveillance program. He is in hiding in hong kong. And abc's brian ross is in washington with the latest on the search for him. Good morning, brian. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Overnight, law enforcement officials told abc news the government is now preparing to bring criminal charges against snowden, moving fast to get him back to the u.S. Snowden remains somewhere in hong kong today. According to people working with him. And reporters he's talking to say there are more videos and more secrets from him yet to come. We certainly have a lot more stories to write. Reporter: On monday, fbi agents showed up at the home of snowden's father, loni, in allentown, pennsylvania. His father told abc news, he had no idea what his son was up to. Also left in the dark, according to snowden, was his girlfriend, linsey mills, a pole dancer and a member of a hawaiian acrobatic dance group with her own youtube channel. On a blog post she wrote this week, my world has opened and closed all at once. Leaving me lost at sea without a compass. Snowden told "the guardian" newspaper, he sacrificed a lot to challenge the u.S. Over its secret surveillance program. You're living in hawaii, in paradise and making a ton of money. What would it take to make you leave everything behind? Reporter: At the white house, more than 25,000 people have now signed an online petition to give snowden a pardon for any crimes. But press secretary jay carney said snowden was no hero. Leaks of sensitive and classified information, that caused harm to our national security interests are a problem. Reporter: But there was praise for snowden from another famed whistle-blower, daniel ellesberg, who leaked the pentagon papers about the vietnam war. Now 82, ellsberg told abc news, snowden was an american hero, not a traitor, as some have suggested. As being called a traitor, that's part of the price of telling the truth that the president doesn't want told. I paid that price myself. Reporter: Overnight, a legislator in iceland told abc news, she will now move to have the parliament there grant snowden citizenship to he can have a safe haven, if he can find a way to get there without first being detained by the u.S. Or one of its allies. George? That will not be easy.
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