British government warns airlines not to fly Snowden to the U.K.

The U.K. government has warned air carriers not to fly the U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden to Britain as he is “highly likely to be refused entry”. Mr. Snowden, who was last seen in Hong Kong, has not publicly said whether he wishes to come to Britain.

Who is Edward Snowden?

Edward Snowden, who has been in news headlines for past few weeks, is a whistleblower who revealed the secret spying program PRISM which the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US has been using for mass electronic surveillance throughdirect access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants which allows it to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats.

He is an American former technical contractor and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), before disclosing details of classified NSA mass surveillance programs to the press. Snowden shared classified material on top-secret NSA programs including the PRISM surveillance program with The Guardian and The Washington Post, both of whom published their first exposés in June 2013. Snowden said his disclosure of PRISM and FISA orders related to NSA data capture efforts was an effort “to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”

Snowden, who now faces arrest by the US, has flown to Hong Kong.

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