Edward Snowden

The man who has claimed responsibility for leaking secrets from the National Security Agency (NSA) is safe for now and cannot be prosecuted by the U.S. if he stays in Hong Kong. Snowden went public with information about surveillance programs on U.S. citizens last week, saying he wanted people to know "what the U.S. government is doing."

Edward Snowden Speaks To The Guardian

HONG KONG - 2013: In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong. Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA, revealed details of top-secret surveillance conducted by the United States' National Security Agency regarding telecom data. (Photo by The Guardian via Getty Images)

Activists Rally In New York In Support Of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: A supporter holds a sign at a small rally in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City. About 15 supporters attended the rally a day after Snowden's identity was revealed in the leak of the existence of NSA data mining operations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Activists Rally In New York In Support Of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Supporters gather at a small rally in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City. About 15 supporters attended the rally a day after Snowden's identity was revealed in the leak of the existence of NSA data mining operations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Activists Rally In New York In Support Of NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Supporters gather at a small rally in support of National Security Administration (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden in Manhattan's Union Square on June 10, 2013 in New York City. About 15 supporters attended the rally a day after Snowden's identity was revealed in the leak of the existence of NSA data mining operations. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Graffiti Sympathetic To NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Appears In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 11: Graffiti that is sympathetic to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is seen stenciled on the sidewalk on June 11, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Edward Snowden, 29, a former contractor for the NSA who worked for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, recently leaked details about previously unknown U.S. surveillance programs. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)