Snowden Breaks Silence: Obama 'Using Citizenship as a Weapon'
Publishes first public statement from Moscow
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2013 5:30 PM CDT
This photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden.   (AP Photo/The Guardian)

(Newser) – Following a week of silence since he left Hong Kong, Edward Snowden has published a public statement from Moscow, thanking friends and supporters for their help, and accusing Obama of pressuring other leaders to deny him asylum and "using citizenship as a weapon." In the letter published on WikiLeaks, Snowden writes: "Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum."

Snowden says Obama is attempting to frighten future whistleblowers from following in his footsteps. "In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake," he writes. "We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised—and it should be." While he had his letter-writing pen out, Snowden also sent a letter to the President of Ecuador, thanking the country for its help in getting him to Russia and for examining his asylum request, reports Reuters. "I remain free and able to publish information that serves the public interest," he wrote, though Reuters notes the letter is undated. "No matter how many more days my life contains, I remain dedicated to the fight for justice in this unequal world." Click to read Snowden's full statement at WikiLeaks.

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Jul 2, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
I don't care who I am working for; if I discovered that the s.o.b. was doing something terribly wrong I would call the cops or other proper authorities. Why would I want to be involved in their wrongdoing ? And what would my friends and family think of me later if I continued working for them? The problem comes when the proper authorities are the same ones you are working for and they are the ones doing something terribly wrong.
Jul 2, 2013 4:14 PM CDT
What Snowden seems to neglect in his statements is that he has been charged with crimes that are felonies: what the government is saying is to return a criminal. I'm not saying who is right or wrong in my statement, only that Snowden appears to have forgotten he is a wanted criminal.
Jul 2, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
Funny how everybody criticizes the gov't for getting into there lives, but when someone proves just how they do it it's all bloodlusting and frothing at the mouth for revenge against the messenger. I guess if your house catches on fire, you're just going to get pissed about being awakened then beat the fire alarm with a bat and go back to bed.