(PIX11)- After whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed top-secret NSA surveillance, he’s gained some surprising help from his father and support from even a past US President.
A month ago Snowden blew the cover off of the NSA’s highly confidential surveillance project — and revealed “I … had the authorities to wiretap anyone, from you, or your accountant, to a federal judge, to even the President if I had a personal email.” His actions have been deemed highly controversial — viewed as being anti-patriotic by some, and heroic by others.
One surprising source support for Snowden is his father — Lonnie G. Snowden, who has tried to negotiate conditions under which his son can return to the states.
The proposal was written in a letter on Thursday and obtained Friday by CNN, addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder and written by Bruce Fein, Lonnie Snowden’s lawyer.
It demands that Edward Snowden remain free prior to trial; not be subject to a gag order; and be tried in a place of his choosing. Lonnie Snowden has not been in contact with his son since the spring.
However, the US seems unlikely to respond positively. They have encouraged Ecuador to reject Snowden’s request for asylum. Some suggest Ecuador’s actions may jeopardize relations between the US and Ecuador.
Even a US President has been vocal about his support for Snowden — “America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,” the German newspaper Die Spiegel quoted the former US president Jimmy Carter.
Die Spiegel were let into to the private “Atlantic Bridge” event on Tuesday in Atlanta. No American media outlets reported on the event and it was not clear where Die Spiegel got its source from.
However, President Carter has been openly critical of the NSA and the gradual restriction of citizens’ civil rights.
“I believe the invasion of privacy has gone too far”, Carter told CNN. “And I believe the secrecy around it was excessive.” has also said that whistleblowers like Snowden will become more abundant and useful.
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