Brazil will not grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, a local newspaper reports.
Yesterday, Snowden released an open letter addressed ‘to the people of Brazil’ where he offered to help the South American nation investigate US spying on their soil, but that in order to do so, he needs to be granted political asylum.
However, the Brazilian government has no interest in investigating the information revealed by Snowden in June and does not intend to give him asylum, government officials were quoted as saying in Sao Paolo paper Folha de S.Paul.
Snowden’s lengthy letter said that he’s been inspired by the global debate ignited by his release of thousands of National Security Agency documents, and that the NSA’s culture of indiscriminate global espionage ‘is collapsing.’
In the letter, released widely online, Snowden commended the Brazilian government for its strong stand against spying and wrote that he would aid them in investigating claims that Brazil is one of the victims of NSA – if they give him asylum.
However, several Brazilian politicians, mainly opponents of Rousseff’s leftist government, said granting Snowden asylum would be counter-productive and would lead to further deterioration of ties with the United States, the country’s largest trading partner after China.