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It didn’t take long for some to declare NSA leaker Edward Snowden not only an American hero, but a more patriotic citizen than the members of Congress. That patriot is now reportedly in Moscow and seeking asylum in Russia, and he released a statement today via Wikileaks accusing President Obama of deception and of using the “old, bad tools of political aggression” to deny him a state.
“Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person,” he wrote. “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 asylum.”
Reuters has also obtained a letter Snowden wrote to Ecuador, thanking the country for considering his request for asylum there. “No matter how many more days my life contains, I remain dedicated to the fight for justice in this unequal world,” Snowden said.
For someone so quickly lauded as a hero when he was just an anonymous whistleblower, Snowden’s star has faded quickly, and playing the victim card today only seems to add to the creeping Snowden fatigue. Too late to go back to being a nameless, faceless hero now, huh?
Some British syntax in the statement posted to Wikileaks (such as, “the United States of America have been”) has many believing Snowden didn’t write the statement at all.
Forget the statements: all the world wants now is a different photograph of Snowden to go along with all of the news reports.