Snowden says U.S. is using 'historically disproportionate aggression' to nab him
Fugitive document leaker meets with human rights advocates in Moscow airport; 'I have no regrets,' Snowden says
Computerworld - Fugitive classified document leaker Edward Snowden, holed up at Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport since June 23, today accused the U.S. government of using "historically disproportionate aggression" to get him back to the United States to face charges of violating the Espionage Act of 1917.
In a statement released from Moscow on Friday afternoon, Snowden expressed no remorse for leaking classified documents describing U.S. surveillance activities to reporters.
Instead, he insisted that his actions were motivated purely to inform the public of what he called illegal "systems of massive, pervasive surveillance."
"I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice," Snowden said.
In the statement, Snowden claimed that since details of the surveillance programs were disclosed, the U.S. government and intelligence services have sought to make an example of him in an effort to deter others from leaking similar documents.
"The moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets," Snowden said.
The statement was released as Snowden met at the airport with representatives of 13 human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Transparency International and Human Rights Watch. At the meeting, Snowden also announced plans to seek temporary asylum in Russia for time to find a way to get to a place that has offered permanent asylum.
The Venezuelan government has already granted him asylum and other Latin American countries, including Bolivia, have expressed a willingness to do so.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told USA Today in a story posted this afternoon that Russia has not yet received a formal asylum request from Snowden.
The former contract worker for the National Security Agency applied for asylum in Russia a couple of weeks ago, but almost immediately withdrew the request after Putin announced that Snowden could stay in the country only if he not disclose more classified information about U.S. surveillance activities.
Peskov in today's USA Today story noted that Putin would maintain that condition if Snowden formally seeks temporary asylum.
White House spokesman Jay Carney this afternoon urged that the Russian government not provide a "propaganda platform" for Snowden, according to reports.
"I would simply say that providing a propaganda platform for Mr. Snowden runs counter to the Russian government's previous declarations of Russia's neutrality, and that they have no control over their presence in the airport," Carney said, according to a report in Russian newspaper Russia Today.
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