Snowden is asking Asylum to Brazil. « No amnesty for Edward Snowden », the White House says.

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From USA Today:

The White House echoed a long-held position Monday: No amnesty for Edward Snowden.

« Mr. Snowden is accused of leaking classified information and faces felony charges here in the United States, » said Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National Security Council. « He should be returned to the U.S. as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections. »

Source. Reason 24/7

Concerning the issue of a new demand of Asylum from Snowden to Brazil, the French economic journal « Les Echos » is telling the whole story here. You can find the letter of Snowden in its entirety, sent to Brazilian authorities. The letter was posted on line in a facebook account from David Miranda who is said to be the partner in privacy of the journalist, Glenn Greenwald.

Read Les Echos.



Glenn Greenwald himself is a closer ally of Edward Snowden. He was working for the Guardian when he published the leaks taken out of the NASA illegally by E. Snowden. Glenn Greenwald lives in Brazil where he is actively militating for Snowden’s hosting in the country.

Those are the first notes of Snowden’s letter :

David Michael Miranda

Original Edward Snowden letter published on A Folha today.

An open letter to the people of Brazil, from Edward Snowden
Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say. I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to…

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We were thinking Snowden was pleased being in Russia. Apparently, no. Thus the question : why crossing the entire world before realising his first wish was to go to South America ?
We are also surprised by the kind of offer Snowden is making to the Brazilian State, exchange of data for a perfect spy crossing over the border, in line with the 20th past century cold war’s method. For those asking if the man was a patriot or a traitor, I suppose, the answer is crystal clear with this Snowden’s letter.
And for Putin, it looks like this is a very disappointing way to say thank you in return for the hosting. Or, may be it is just a boomerang. Never reach out to spys, especially the transfuges. It is and will always be a lost of time for you and time buying for them.
Latest. From the NYT.

Russia Offers Ukraine $15 Billion Loan and Lower Gas Prices

Playing a trump card in his diplomatic contest with the West over Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin on Tuesday said that Russia would come to the rescue of its financially troubled neighbor, providing $15 billion in loans and a sharp discount on natural gas prices.

It was a bold and risky move by Russia, given the political chaos in Ukraine, where thousands of anti-government protesters remain encamped in Independence Square. For the moment, however, Mr. Putin seemed to gain the upper hand with Europe and the United States in their contest for influence.

There was no discussion of what Russia might receive in return for its assistance. Protesters in Kiev have been deeply worried that Mr. Yanukovich would cut a secret deal to join a customs union that Russia has established with Belarus and Kazakhstan. That would largely preclude any possibility of reviving the accords with Europe, but Mr. Putin said the subject had not come up.


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