The Washington Post just revealed that Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden:

Snowden was charged with espionage, theft and conversion of government property, the officials said.

The complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, a jurisdiction where Snowden’s former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is headquartered, and a district with a long track record in prosecuting cases with national security implications.

A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

They now have 60 days to file an indictment and seek extradition. Today’s move is just the first shot in a legal battle that could stretch on for quite some time – or not.

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