June 10 - The European Commission says its worried about information the U.S. may have on European citizens, after details are leaked of a U.S. surveillance program that has collected details on foreigners, while the source of the leak, 29-year-old Edward Snowden remains holed up in Hong Kong. Joel Flynn reports.
The UK government says it isn't worried but the EU is. And it says the U.S. snooping revelations will now be discussed during this week's U.S.-EU talks in Dublin. SOUNDBITE: EU Commission Spokeswoman, Mina Andreeva, saying (French): "We're concerned about the consequences for the private lives of EU citizens. We hope to get more information and details on this subject from U.S. authorities." Britain has now denied its security agencies had been circumventing UK law. They had been accused of using information gathered on British citizens by PRISM - a secret U.S. eavesdropping programme. Foreign Secretary William Hague SOUNDBITE: British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, saying (English): "It has been suggested that GCHQ uses our relationship with the United States to get around UK law, obtaining information that they can not legally obtain in the United Kingdom. I wish to be absolutely clear that this allegation is baseless. Any data obtained by us from the United States involving UK nationals is subject to proper UK statutory controls and safeguards." Ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden says he is the source of the leak. He said he acted out of conscience to "protect liberties." Ewen MacAskill from the Guardian newspaper interviewed him in Hong Kong. He says Snowden is now considering where to go to seek asylum. SOUNDBITE: Guardian Journalist, Ewen MacAskill, saying (English): "The danger for Ed Snowden, by coming to Hong Kong, is that he'll be open to accusations of 'you're too close to China', is he a Chinese spy and all sorts of other rubbish. I imagine there's now going to be a sort of real legal battle between, sort of, Washington and Beijing and civil rights groups and others as to his future." The exposure of the secret programs has triggered widespread debate about the vast reach of the National Security Agency. It's requested a criminal investigation into the leaked information.