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A source behind a series of major leaks about U.S. spying programs revealed himself on Sunday, as the Obama administration investigates the disclosure and lawmakers debate the implications of the sweeping surveillance of Americans.

The Guardian newspaper said that Edward Snowden, a defense contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton who worked with the National Security Agency, was the source behind articles exposing the widespread collection of U.S. phone and Internet records by the Obama administration.

“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he told the paper.

Snowden predicted the U.S. government would launch a criminal investigation into his disclosures.

Even before Snowden came forward, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said authorities would investigate the source of last week’s leak about the government’s covert search for terrorist cells.

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