(USA TODAY) -- Edward Snowden has written an "open letter to the people of Brazil"
offering to assist Brazil's government investigate allegations of U.S.
spying, but on the condition that the South American nation grant him
The letter was published Tuesday in Brazil's Folha newspaper.
expressed my willingness to assist where it's appropriate and legal,
but, unfortunately, the U.S. government has been working hard to limit
my ability to do so," the letter says.
The letter was first made
available on the newspaper's website in Portuguese. USA TODAY read a
version of the letter using online translation software. It was
subsequently posted on Facebook by an account apparently belonging to David Miranda, the partner of former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.
a country grants me permanent political asylum, the U.S. government
will continue to interfere with my ability to speak out," Snowden writes
in the letter.
He says that, "Many Brazilian senators agree and
asked me to help their investigations into suspected crimes against
On Monday. Snowden said he felt vindicated by
a federal judge's ruling that the collection of data by the National
Security Agency was most likely unconstitutional.
"Today, a secret
program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of
day, found to violate Americans' rights. It is the first of many," the
former NSA contractor said in a statement.
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