More news on Edward Snowden has surfaced, with Snowden writing an extensive open letter to the people of Brazil to discuss his findings and to ultimately seek asylum. IN this broad letter published Tuesday by Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, Snowden asks Brazil for the second time to grant him asylum. To push his case, the former NSA contractor said that his “act of conscience” promoted the US to make him “stateless. The price for my speech was my passport, but i would pay it again. I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort, I would rather be without a state than without a voice”.
Snowden has received asylum offers from several South American countries including Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela. Snowden has petitioned Brazil to grant him asylum previously, but has so far been unable to obtain it. Snowden’s latest overture seems to center on a singular idea: attempt to show the ways the NSA is allegedly spying on Brazil’s citizens. In his open letter Snowden wrote;
Today, if you carry a cell phone in Sao Paolo, the NSA can and does keep track of your location: they do this 5 billion times a day to people all around the world. When someone in Florianopolis visits a website, the NSA keeps a record of when it happened and what you did there. If a mother in Porto Alegre calls her son to wish him luck on his university exam, NSA can keep that call log for 5 years or more. They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.”
So far Brazil has not had anything to say on the matter, will Snowden’s letter help him achieve asylum? Only time will tell, but for now click here to view Snowden’s letter in it’s entirety.
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