Snowden accuses US govt of leaving him ‘stateless’

Ina a scathing attack on the Obama administration,Edward Snowden has alleged that he has been left as a “stateless” person by the US because of no fault of his

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published:July 3, 2013 12:45 am

Ina a scathing attack on the Obama administration,Edward Snowden has alleged that he has been left as a “stateless” person by the US because of no fault of his.

“The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing,it has unilaterally revoked my passport,leaving me a stateless person,” Snowden wrote in a letter posted on the Wikileaks website.

“Without any judicial order,the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum,” he wrote in the letter.

“My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old,family,and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful,” he said.

“This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice… These are the old,bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten,not me,but those who would come after me,” he said.

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