Breaking news this morning on the whistleblower behind the leaks of secret National Security Agency documents.

The revelations that the federal government has been routinely monitoring phone records and Internet use of citizens has been blowing up this past week, sending President Barack Obama and federal officials scrambling to defend such a widespread domestic surveillance operation.

On Sunday, the Guardian newspaper named the source as Edward Snowden, a disclosure the paper says is being done at Snowden’s request.

This story reports that Snowden lived here in Hawaii where he was working for NSA through private contractors including Booz Allen and Dell when he began sending documents to the Guardian and others. Three weeks ago, he said goodbye to his boss and his girlfriend, with whom he shares a home in Hawaii, and caught a plane for Hong King where, the Guardian reports, he has been since. Reporters interviewed him there.

The Washington Post also is sending out breaking news reports. Read them here.

The Guardian is describing Snowden as one of the most significant whistleblowers in history.

— Patti Epler

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