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Edward Snowden: 'US wants to kill me'

 
 
 
 
 
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American whistleblower Edward Snowden, who’s blew the lid on US massive spying operations at home and abroad, says US “government officials want to kill” him.

Snowden told a German television network that “These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket, and then watch as I die in the shower.”

The 30-minute interview with the German public broadcaster ARD TV was shot in Moscow and is to be broadcast later Sunday at 2200 GMT, with initial extracts to be released during an earlier talk show at 2045 GMT.

UPI (United Press International) news agency reported last week that two unnamed US officials, “one from the Pentagon and the other a National Security Agency analyst, were quoted by BuzzFeed as saying they wanted to kill Snowden personally.”

After the explicit death threats, Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the American whistleblower feared for his life. Kucherena had asked for better security for Snowden.

The Pentagon official, who was previously a US Army Special Forces officer, was quoted in the BuzzFeed article, titled “America’s Spies Want Edward Snowden Dead”, as saying, “I would love to put a bullet in his head.”

“I do not take pleasure in taking another human being’s life, having to do it in uniform, but he is single-handedly the greatest traitor in American history,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying by BuzzFeed.

Fearing for his life Snowden, fled the US — before disclosing the information on National Security Agency’s spying operations — first to Hong Kong and then to Russia where he was granted temporary asylum last summer.

US federal prosecutors have filed espionage charges against Snowden after the leaks.

US President Barack Obama said in December 2013 that Snowden’s leaks did unnecessary damage to America’s spying operations. “The way in which these disclosures happened has been damaging to the United States and damaging to our intelligence capabilities,” Obama said.

Snowden’s revelations have caused uproar in the US violations of privacy rights. They have also angered many US allies whose leaders were targeted by the NSA’s operations.

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  • Zharkov

    Snowden’s only “crime” was to reveal that the U.S. government was the world’s largest and sickest voyeur organization dedicated to stalking, snooping, and peeping on the public. A camera on every street, a microphone in every room, and before long, these federal pervs will have gotten something on everyone for blackmail purposes.

    4th of July may still be independence day, but independence from whom and from what? Or have we merely replaced one tyrant with another?

  • RONNY

    The officials making these murder supporting statements should be sacked, it is an abuse of their position, shows contempt for justice, and the American people and not least of all that government employees, when supported by the government, can commit any offence, and be immune.

  • rebecca smith

    Yeah it’s always ‘damaging’ to liars and spies when people find out your a liar and a spy. They tend not to trust you any more, and yeah, that does hurt your ability to spy on everybody – jackasses.

    It’s really disgusting how they perpetrated unconstitutional and illegal activities, justify it to themselves & the public then accuse HIM of being a criminal and a traitor for telling the public that their politicians were abusing their power – politicians who should not only be removed from office, they should be jailed for treason.

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