Edward Snowden is asking for international help in obtaining clemency in his ever-widening legal trouble with the United States government. His official request was delivered to the German Parliament on bicycle by Hans-Christian Stroebele, a member of the committee in charge of overseeing German intelligence, according to a Nov. 1 report on Yahoo News.
Snowden, the NSA leaker or NSA whistleblower, depending on the political view, has expressed a desire to testify to Congress. The cyclist Stroebele has said that Snowden also expressed a willingness to provide information to help in Germany’s investigation of the United States spying activities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made no secret of her extreme displeasure at the NSA monitoring of her personal cell phone.
Snowden’s father has stated, however, that his son would not be testifying in Germany as long as he was still subject to charges in the United States.
So, in an effort to figure this out, let’s break the whole thing down.
- Snowden allegedly leaked NSA documents that informed Germany of the United States spying that included the monitoring of Angela Merkel’s cell phone.
- Germany is very angry at the United States.
- The United States is very angry at Snowden, refusing to drop the serious charges against him. They are also embarrassed about the spying, admitting that the NSA went too far on autopilot.
- Snowden seems to be attempting to get Germany, in concert with other countries, to use this leverage to extract concessions from the United States that include his clemency for releasing top secret information.
- Snowden is offering, in return, to give Germany more top secret information about U.S. espionage against Germany.
And, it was all detailed in an official document delivered by bicycle.
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