Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over U.S. surveillance

By Kyle Johnson,

The Former National Security Agency contractor has reached out to Brazil in an open letter where he offers to help the country with its investigation into U.S. surveillance programs.

Edward Snowden published the open letter, titled "An Open Letter to the Brazilian People," in the Folha De S. Paulo newspaper, reports NBC News.

He has previously released documents that showed Brazil was at the top of the U.S. mass surveillance targets in Latin America. They documents showed that surveillance had been done on ordinary citizens of Brazil as well those working for oil company Petrobras.

In the letter Snowden also not so subtly once again asks for asylum saying, "Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the U.S. government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak."

Even if Snowden were to turn over any documents he had, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the White House likely would not offer amnesty.

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton would offer Snowden even less, according to The Huffington Post. While on Fox News he called for the former contractor to "swing from a tall oak tree" for what he had done.

Bolton said he felt that Snowden certainly committed treason and should suffer the consequences of that and noted that he felt NSA official Rick Ledgett's public comments about amnesty were foolish since it damaged any leverage the U.S. had.

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