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Moscow - Edward Snowden Breaks Silence To Threaten New U.S. Leaks

Published on: July 1, 2013 05:30 PM
By: Reuters
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Activists from the Internet Party of Ukraine perform during a rally supporting Edward Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), in front of U.S. embassy, in Kiev June 27, 2013. Former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden was believed to still be at a Moscow airport on Thursday and officials said he had not booked a flight out despite pressure from Russian President Vladimir Putin to leave. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  Moscow - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity.

In a letter to Ecuador, Snowden said the United States was illegally persecuting him for revealing its electronic surveillance program, PRISM. He also thanked Ecuador for helping him get to Russia and for examining his asylum request.

“I remain free and able to publish information that serves the public interest,” Snowden said in an undated Spanish-language letter sent to President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, seen by Reuters.

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“No matter how many more days my life contains, I remain dedicated to the fight for justice in this unequal world. If any of those days ahead realize a contribution to the common good, the world will have the principles of Ecuador to thank,” part of the text read, according to a translation.

Snowden, who is believed to be holed up in the transit area of a Moscow airport, complained that the United States was illegally pursuing him for an act he said was in the public interest.

“While the public has cried out support of my shining a light on this secret system of injustice, the Government of the United States of America responded with an extrajudicial man-hunt costing me my family, my freedom to travel, and my right to live peacefully without fear of illegal aggression,” he wrote.



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 Jul 01, 2013 at 05:33 PM Liepa Says:

This imbecile must desperately have a death wish!

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 05:45 PM 5TResident Says:

This guy is an old-fashioned traitor. If he ever sets foot in the US again, or in any country that has an extradition agreement with this country, he could be brought up on charges of treason and sent to the chair, like the Rosenbergs.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 06:18 PM victorg Says:

He seems to ignore the fact that he is a traitor to his country and is guilty of treason, but besides that he misses his family and his freedom.Good luck Benedict.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 07:02 PM Liberty Says:

All he saying is really nothing but the truth.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 07:28 PM victorg Says:

Reply to 4 loose lips sink ships, true or not

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 07:39 PM Worker Says:

bottom line is that we all get away with crime...
The goverment does stuff ileagle when they want (or havto) so we shouldnt be so botherd when somebody wants to do whats good for himself....
Anyways, snowden is dumb for being the one who fights the usa...

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 08:05 PM MarkTwain2 Says:

Reply to #6  
Worker Says:

bottom line is that we all get away with crime...
The goverment does stuff ileagle when they want (or havto) so we shouldnt be so botherd when somebody wants to do whats good for himself....
Anyways, snowden is dumb for being the one who fights the usa...

Your crime is your spelling. Help yourself get further by using free office programs and online tutorials to improve it. I'll be the first person rooting for you, as I mean well for you.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 09:36 PM Geiger Says:

To #2-5Towns Resident- Where have you been lately? The electric chair is no longer used in the USA, as a primary means of execution. It is only allowed in two states, and then, only if the condemned prisoner requests that means of execution. The federal government does not use that form of execution, either. Incidentally, after 60 years, doubt has risen as to Ethel Rosenberg's actual culpability in the espionage plot. The book was thrown at the Rosenberg's because of the cold war. It should be noted that although the Judge and Prosecutors on that case were Yidden, not one Jew was permitted to serve on the jury.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 10:01 PM honestbroker Says:

I for one, won't shed any tears for this jerk. Hope he enjoys his life on the run.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 10:22 PM hashomer Says:

Reply to #4  
Liberty Says:

All he saying is really nothing but the truth.

To # 4, the truth is he just formally requested asylum in Russia, the country that oppressed its own people and supports Iran and the atrocities in Syria. Down w Snowden's, traitor.

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 10:25 PM favish Says:

Reply to #4  
Liberty Says:

All he saying is really nothing but the truth.

every traitor, benedict arnold say the truth, you lefty twisted brain. If its not true its not spying and nothing to be concerned, knuklehead

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 10:27 PM favish Says:

Reply to #8  
Geiger Says:

To #2-5Towns Resident- Where have you been lately? The electric chair is no longer used in the USA, as a primary means of execution. It is only allowed in two states, and then, only if the condemned prisoner requests that means of execution. The federal government does not use that form of execution, either. Incidentally, after 60 years, doubt has risen as to Ethel Rosenberg's actual culpability in the espionage plot. The book was thrown at the Rosenberg's because of the cold war. It should be noted that although the Judge and Prosecutors on that case were Yidden, not one Jew was permitted to serve on the jury.

there was no doubt, just communists leftist like you who want sow seeds of doubt

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 Jul 01, 2013 at 11:24 PM MordechaifromQueens Says:

The Gov't doesn't even know how much information he has. He had access to information on how we monitor terrorists. If he gives out that kind of information,it will set the US back to pre 9/11 days and even threat Israel's security.
If they gave Jonathan Pollard a Life Sentence, they this guy should get the death penalty.

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 01:42 AM shlomeleh Says:

Wouldn't it be ironic, if he gets his wish and Ecuador accepts him, then after a few years of living in poverty he'll pay big bucks to a smuggler to get him back in the USA so he he could get a job as a day laborer !!

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 09:09 AM Aron1 Says:

Reply to #12  
favish Says:

there was no doubt, just communists leftist like you who want sow seeds of doubt

You're wrong. Virtually all historians agree that ETHEL Rosenberg was actually innocent. The prosecution offered to go easy on her if she helped in the case against her husband. When she refused, the prosecution was backed in a corner and proceeded to have her convicted alongside her husband and ultimately executed.

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 10:36 AM favish Says:

Reply to #15  
Aron1 Says:

You're wrong. Virtually all historians agree that ETHEL Rosenberg was actually innocent. The prosecution offered to go easy on her if she helped in the case against her husband. When she refused, the prosecution was backed in a corner and proceeded to have her convicted alongside her husband and ultimately executed.

and you think every thing historians say are 'kemoshe mipi hagvurah..'.most of your 'historians' were communists. by the way list all those 'most of historians... and where i can verify. You see, thats how's with you fellas, throw in 'most say...' 'studies have shown....'' most rabbis...' sayand the masses oilom goilen swallow and pass it on as fact. Well not us

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 01:41 PM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

I don't understand how this guy is in any position to threaten anyone? It appears his last two hopes of refuge are Iran and North Korea. When this first broke he stated he was prepared to accept the consequences of his acts. Well, here they are ... accept them.

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 08:54 PM Geiger Says:

To #16- Favish- Hey, Feivish, first you have the chutzpah to call me a "communist", because I stated that there was doubt as to the actual culpability of Ethel Rosenberg. Then, when #15 agreed with me, you referred to him, as well as historians who have studies that case, as "communists". In other words, anyone who disagrees with you is labeled as a "communist". The fact of the matter is that I remember the Rosenberg case very well. A horrible photo showing both of them seated in the electric chair just prior to their execution was shown on page one of the NY Daily News. When I served in the armed forces of the United States, one of our training instructors had the nerve to mention to us the Rosenberg case, and seemed to "kvell" that they were executed. They were both executed because of cold war hysteria. A co-conspirator who was convicted with them was released after 18 years.

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 10:41 PM favish Says:

Reply to #18  
Geiger Says:

To #16- Favish- Hey, Feivish, first you have the chutzpah to call me a "communist", because I stated that there was doubt as to the actual culpability of Ethel Rosenberg. Then, when #15 agreed with me, you referred to him, as well as historians who have studies that case, as "communists". In other words, anyone who disagrees with you is labeled as a "communist". The fact of the matter is that I remember the Rosenberg case very well. A horrible photo showing both of them seated in the electric chair just prior to their execution was shown on page one of the NY Daily News. When I served in the armed forces of the United States, one of our training instructors had the nerve to mention to us the Rosenberg case, and seemed to "kvell" that they were executed. They were both executed because of cold war hysteria. A co-conspirator who was convicted with them was released after 18 years.

tut, tut, 'horrible photo'...they much more 'horrible' with giving atomic secrets to your friends the communists. dont get so overheated

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 10:45 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Geiger Says:

To #16- Favish- Hey, Feivish, first you have the chutzpah to call me a "communist", because I stated that there was doubt as to the actual culpability of Ethel Rosenberg. Then, when #15 agreed with me, you referred to him, as well as historians who have studies that case, as "communists". In other words, anyone who disagrees with you is labeled as a "communist". The fact of the matter is that I remember the Rosenberg case very well. A horrible photo showing both of them seated in the electric chair just prior to their execution was shown on page one of the NY Daily News. When I served in the armed forces of the United States, one of our training instructors had the nerve to mention to us the Rosenberg case, and seemed to "kvell" that they were executed. They were both executed because of cold war hysteria. A co-conspirator who was convicted with them was released after 18 years.

so anyone who doesnt agree with me is a communist and anyone who doesnt agree with you is 'chutzpah. We'll, i have no problem with that. By the way, am still waiting to hear from 'most of YOUR historians

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 Jul 02, 2013 at 11:25 PM Geiger Says:

To #'s 19, and 20- Both of you are disturbed individuals, who seem to qvell in another human being's suffering. Unfortunately, your attitudes are no different than that bigoted training instructor. A SHANDA!!

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