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      Contractor says he leaked surveillance data


      WASHINGTON - The man who gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs and touching off a national debate on personal privacy, has revealed his identity.


      He could face decades in jail for the disclosures

      ,
      if the U.S. can extradite him from Hong Kong where he says he has taken refuge.


      Edward Snowden, 29

      , a

      U.S. intelligence contractor who says he worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA, allowed The Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers to reveal his identity Sunday.


      Both papers have published a series of top secret documents outlining two National Security Agency surveillance programs

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      one that gathers millions of phone records and one that scours the Internet.

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