Edward Snowden says he'd be open to help Brazil investigate U.S. spying, on one condition …
In an open letter, published in a Brazilian newspaper the former NSA contractor suggested he could help the South American nation probe NSA surveillance only if he is granted asylum. (Via Folha)
Snowden’s leaks earlier this year revealed the NSA had been monitoring the cell phone of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. It caused such an uproar, she called off a state visit with President Obama. (Via RT)
Snowden writes in the letter, "Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak."
The whistleblower is currently living in Russia, where he's been given one year of temporary asylum. While there had been some talk of possible amnesty for Snowden, Monday the White House said there was no chance. (Via The Guardian)
“There’s been no change in our position … He ought to be returned to the United States — again, where he will face full due process and protection under our system of justice.” (Via The White House)
Those remarks came the same day Snowden praised a federal judge’s ruling that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records was probably unconstitutional. (Via CBS)
Meanwhile, the NSA is still trying to figure out just how much data Snowden took, but as one U.S. official told The New York Times, we may never know the extent of his leaks.
The Guardian recently said it had published only 1 percent of the materials Snowden gave to the newspaper.