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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 8:40am

The self-proclaimed whistleblower is in hiding as lawmakers learn more about the programs he exposed.

More closed door briefings are happening on Capitol Hill today as lawmakers in Washington learn more about how the government snooped on Americans' communications and the hunt for the man who made it all public.

Authorities now think they know where he is.

Edward Snowden may be in hiding, but he's talking - and has no intention of returning to the United States.

Edward Snowden tells a Hong Kong newspaper he fears for his life, and will fight to stay there. "He's going to live in exile now probably for the rest of his life," said Senator Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky.

A woman who says she's a former friend describes Snowden as a computer whiz kid who's had doubts about his work for years. "He did quite the CIA so I knew he was having a crisis of conscience of sorts," said Snowden's Friend Manvanee Anderson.

The head of the National Security Agency tells congress Snowden lied about being able to wiretap anyone, at any time.

General Keith Alexander claims exposing these secret programs put America at risk. "If we tell the terrorists how we are going to track them, they will get through, and Americans will die," said General Keith Alexander, Chief, National Security Agency.

The agency plans to release more details about secret surveillance of phones and emails that it claims prevented dozens of terror attacks. "I'd like somebody to explain that. I have my doubts about that," said Rep. Keith Ellison, (D) Minnesota.

"They're legal - there's mountains of oversight," said House Speaker John Boehner, (R) Ohio.

We may soon find out what is legal about these programs, and what problems they have. The secret court that oversees them has decided to make one of its rulings public. In that ruling, the court found parts of these programs that are unconstitutional.

Tracie Potts, NBC News.

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