This week former NSA analyst Edward Snowden wrote an open letter to Brazil asking for asylum. When the proverbial hit the fan earlier this year many world leaders joined forces to ensure that Snowden was persona non grata and left with no place to run.
Russia came to the rescue offering Snowden one year's temporary asylum but he still needs to find permanent sanctuary, and before the year;s deadline expires.
He has been called many things including a hero and traitor and in recent days US President Obama has acknowledged that NSA spying overstepped the mark. If Snowden was allowed to return to the US after such appalling treatment would he? Would you?
With family in the States he may yearn for home but a man with strong prinviples may find that hard to stomach, assuming it was on offer. For now it could be Brazil which becomes his new home. That country already offered asylum arlier this year but getting there proved impossible with many countries "out to get him". Since that time America has made it plain that if Brazil offers Snowden asylum it will damage relations between the two countries.
According to the Telegraph: "Mr Snowden said many Brazilian senators had "asked me to help with their investigations into suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens." Now he may help but in return for asylum.
Below is the open letter Snowden has sent to Brazil:
Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government's National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist's camera. I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a worldwide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say. I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live.