Edward Snowden Receives Support From Former GOP Sen. Gordon Humphrey

Jul 16, 2013 | Updated Jul 16, 2013

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden received an email of support Monday from former Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R-N.H.), according to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald.

"I object to the monumentally disproportionate campaign being waged by the U.S. Government against Edward Snowden, while no effort is being made to identify, remove from office and bring to justice those officials who have abused power, seriously and repeatedly violating the Constitution of the United States and the rights of millions of unsuspecting citizens," The Guardian quoted Humphrey as saying. "Americans concerned about the growing arrogance of our government and its increasingly menacing nature should be working to help Mr. Snowden find asylum. Former Members of Congress, especially, should step forward and speak out."

Most current lawmakers, both Republicans and Democrats, have harshly criticized Snowden's leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post, which detailed the NSA's phone and Internet spying programs. Snowden is now residing in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport, where he has sought temporary asylum from Russia. In a statement released by WikiLeaks Friday, Snowden said that he wanted a guarantee of safe passage for travel to a Latin American country.

Russian state television showed what appeared to be a handwritten portion of Snowden's application for asylum on Tuesday.

Russia Today, a state-run English language channel, said the photo was taken by Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. Kucherena is a member of the Public Chamber, a national citizens advisory board created by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Greenwald did not respond to a request for comment on the asylum document's authenticity.

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