Regardless of how you feel about Mr. Snowden, he is right here.
Right to hammer on Obama, for what we've been saying the last four and a half years, now. Especially the second half of this statement
Edward Snowden released this statement via WIKILEAKS:
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom
and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued
liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and
others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them
with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I
will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared
before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic "wheeling and
dealing" over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising
not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the
leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my
This kind of deception from a world leader is
not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are
the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to
frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of
the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted
for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country.
The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using
citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has
unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without
any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a
basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of
whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are
stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is
afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the
constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
Edward Joseph Snowden
Monday 1st July 2013