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The New York Times says the investigation took place against a backdrop of a major breach of CIA informants in China that began around 2010. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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An Oct. 28, 1985 photo of John A. Walker Jr., being escorted by a federal marshal as he leaves the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., enroute to a federal court in Baltimore. He was ultimately sentenced to life in prison on espionage charges. Bob Daugherty/AP hide caption

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Friday. Steinmeier will meet Secretary of State John Kerry this weekend to discuss allegations of U.S. spying. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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Press materials are displayed on a table at the Justice Department in Washington on Monday before Attorney General Eric Holder was to speak at a news conference. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin as he answered questions on national TV Thursday in Moscow. Alexey Nikolsky/RIO Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Suspected Banksy artwork appears on the side of a house, depicting government agents spying on a phone box near GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) in Gloucestershire, England, Sunday. Jules Annan/Barcroft Media/Landov hide caption

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Who else might be watching? Britain's spies collected millions of images from video chats, according to the latest secrets spilled by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Paul Sakuma/AP hide caption

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Former chief counterterrorism adviser Richard Clarke is a lead member of a panel appointed by the president to review the country's surveillance policies. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The seal of the CIA at the agency's headquarters in Virginia. Greg E. Mathieson Sr. /MAI/Landov hide caption

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