BERLIN (AP) — Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the United States to drop charges against him.
That's according to a letter from Snowden, released by a German lawmaker who met with him this week in Moscow.
In the letter, the National Security Agency leaker said he would like to testify before Congress about the agency's surveillance, and that he may be willing to help German officials investigate alleged U.S. spying in Germany. But Snowden indicated that neither would happen unless the U.S. abandons its efforts to prosecute him.
He wrote that the U.S. government "continues to treat dissent as defection," and seeks to "criminalize political speech." He added, "I am confident that with the support of the international community, the government of the United States will abandon this harmful behavior.
He indicated that he wouldn't talk in Germany or elsewhere until "the situation is resolved."
Germany's top security official said today that he would like to arrange for German authorities to talk to Snowden about allegations that the NSA monitored the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and about other U.S. surveillance operations.
GRAPHICSBANK: Hans-Christian Stroebele, a German lawmaker, displaying letter he claims to have received from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Berlin, Germany, graphic element on gray (1 Nov 2013)
APPHOTO SOB103: Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele shows a letter to the media which he says he received from Edward Snowden, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (1 Nov 2013)
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