The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that it will not pursue charges against a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who was accused of using a private database to collect and disseminate millions of Americans’ personal information.
The announcement comes amid a continuing controversy surrounding the FBI’s use of the NSA’s Prism program, which collected data on Americans’ Internet activities.
The DOJ’s announcement follows an FBI statement last month saying it would not pursue criminal charges against Snowden for sharing the personal information he collected.
Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong last summer, faces up to 10 years in prison for leaking sensitive documents to The Intercept and The Guardian.
According to The Associated Press, the FBI was looking into whether the NSA was using Prism to monitor the communications of Americans without a warrant.
The news comes as the FBI has reportedly found an email server that was used by Snowden to communicate with his supporters, but the department has not confirmed whether it was the one that was raided by the FBI.