Snowden Reveals Classified Records to Hong Kong Newspaper as Leak Investigation Heats Up

The public remains hotly engaged this week in a necessary debate over NSA domestic surveillance policies, coupled with the recent revelations of government abuses, like the IRS scandal and snooping on journalists. Meanwhile Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the details behind the NSA’s PRISM program, remains in Hong Kong, awaiting whatever his fate may be. A separate story seems to be unfolding, after Snowden shared classified records with the South China Morning Post that divulged the IP addresses of computers in Hong Kong and mainland China that were allegedly hacked by the NSA.

Related: Facebook reveals requests for user data in response to PRISM scandal

FACEBOOK has revealed it received between 9000 and 10,000 requests for user data from US authorities in the second half of last year, as it seeks to shield itself from a growing scandal.

The requests covered issues from child disappearances to petty crimes and terror threats and targeted between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts, the social networking site said, without revealing how often it complied with the requests.

h/t Rosie