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A letter from Snowden to Germany

Friday, November 01, 2013 - 01:34

Nov. 1 - German lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele presents letter from Edward Snowden after he meets the fugitive U.S. intelligence contractor in Moscow. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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German lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele met with Edward Snowden in Moscow. Now the Green party politican is back home with a message from the fugitive intelligence contractor. In an open letter to a country at the center of the controversy over U.S. spying on allies, Snowden said his revelations had helped to "address formerly concealed abuses of the public trust". He told the German lawmaker he was no traitor. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN LAWMAKER, HANS-CHRISTIAN STROEBELE, SAYING: "Mr. Snowden didn't present himself as anti-American or as an enemy of America, it's completely the opposite. When I asked him if he was willing to speak in front of the German parliament, he said that he would rather lay the facts on the table in front of the U.S. Congress or a committee of the U.S. congress because he sees his message not only in disclosing undesirable developments in the U.S., but possible serious criminal acts." Snowden's leaks include allegations that the U.S. has tapped the phones of world leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel. Germany's parliament wants to talk to Snowden about the NSA's secret monitoring of Merkel's phone. But visiting Germany could pose grave diplomatic problems for Merkel and endanger Snowden's asylum status back in Moscow.

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A letter from Snowden to Germany

Friday, November 01, 2013 - 01:34