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Snowden Offers Aid to Brazil in Exchange for Asylum

The former NSA contractor says the U.S. government is trying to prevent him from helping.

Snowden previously requested asylum in the country, but the Brazilian government declined to respond.(AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images)

photo of Jordain Carney
December 17, 2013

Edward Snowden has offered to help the Brazilian government investigate alleged U.S. spying within its borders in exchange for asylum.

The "open letter to the Brazilian people" from the former National Security Agency contractor appeared Tuesday in Folha de S. Paulo, a Brazilian newspaper

"Many Brazilian senators have asked my help with their investigations into suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens. I expressed my willingness to assist, where it is appropriate and legal, but unfortunately the U.S. government has been working very hard to limit my ability to do so," Snowden said, according to Folha de S. Paulo—which did not post the full letter in English.

 

Allegations of NSA activities within Brazil—based on documents leaked by Snowden—have recently strained the U.S. relationship with the South American country. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a trip to Washington earlier this year and has taken steps to try to limit spying. The Associated Press reports that in the letter Snowden says he has been impressed by Brazil's response. 

Snowden's request comes one day after U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said the NSA's collection of phone data is likely unconstitutional.

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