Should Brazil Grant Edward Snowden Asylum?

by
Patrick Creaven
Edward Snowden was back in the news Tuesday after an editorial he wrote was published in a Brazilian newspaper, hinting that he hopes South America's largest country will grant him political asylum.

In an editorial, Edward Snowden hinted that he would like asylum in Brazil. CREDIT: Reuters

Edward Snowden was back in the news Tuesday after an editorial he wrote was published in a Brazilian newspaper, hinting that he hopes South America's largest country will grant him political asylum.

Snowden is currently living in Russia on a one-year visa and is scouring the planet to find a more permanent home country. In his editorial, Snowden writes:

I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful, but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so --going so far as to force down the Presidential Plane of Evo Morales to prevent me from traveling to Latin America!

Until a country grants permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.

Snowden can fairly be considered one of the most influential leakers ever, with his information showing the NSA has spying capabilities that are much more far-reaching than previously believed.

It's interesting that he chose to target Brazil. Snowden has leaked information showing the NSA was spying on Brazilan president Dilma Rousseff, but Brazil didn't rush to accept Snowden's request for asylum on Tuesday.

The United States continues to demand Snowden return to his home country to face charges.

Do you think Brazil should grant Snowden asylum? Do you think allowing Snowden to come to Brazil will seriously damage relations with the United States? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

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