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Why Snowden should be welcomed here a hero

By Glenn Greenwald in UK’s Guardian:
“Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey”
‘I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States constitution’

Mr. Humphrey,

Thank you for your words of support. I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles – the actions I’ve taken would not have been necessary.

The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities. It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one’s country means being hated by its government.

If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred. I will not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.

My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them. I remain committed to that. Though reporters and officials may never believe it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people – agent or not – and I have no intention to do so.

Further, no intelligence service – not even our own – has the capacity to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).

You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that information, even under torture.

With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,

Edward Snowden

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– “Jimmy Carter Defends Edward Snowden, Says NSA Spying Has Compromised Nation’s Democracy”
“‘America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,’ Carter said,” quoting Nick Wing in The Huffington Post.
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Posted by Steve on July 18, 2013 at 4:50 am | Permalink

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