Edward Snowden, a former employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA), said in an interview he would still like political asylum in Germany. “If Germany were to grant me asylum, it would not be viewed as a hostile act toward the United States,” Snowden told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.
Snowden criticized Germany and France for not doing anything to support his case so far. “The two countries’ governments were looking for reasons to stop me from coming,” he said. Snowden also reiterated that he didn’t reveal anything that put people’s lives at risk.
Snowden has previously sought asylum from a number of countries, including Germany, though without success.
The former NSA contractor has been living in exile in Russia for the past six years.
Since he leaked details of secret and extensive US government global surveillance programs in 2013, the US has regarded him as an enemy of the state and slapped him with charges of espionage.
In a separate interview with German news magazine Der Spiegel, he said that if he was found dead it would be the result of suicide.
“This is important for the record. I am not now, nor have I ever been suicidal. I have a philosophical objection to the idea of suicide, and if I happen to fall out of a window, you can be sure I was pushed.
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