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Germany: Prepared to speak with Snowden... Hits Back at USA...Snowdn Responds


BERLIN (AP) - Germany's top security official said Friday he will try and find a way for Edward Snowden to speak to German officials if the former National Security Agency contractor is willing to provide details about the NSA's activities including the alleged surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone.

The comments by Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich came after a German opposition lawmaker traveled to Moscow and met Snowden. The lawmaker, Hans-Christian Stroebele, said he received a letter from Snowden to German authorities that he planned to present later Friday.

Stroebele, a Green party lawmaker, is a prominent critic of the NSA's alleged activities.

"If the message is that Mr. Snowden wants to give us information, then we will be glad to accept that," Friedrich said, according to the newspaper Die Zeit. He said that "we will find a way to make a conversation possible if Mr. Snowden is prepared to talk to German officials."

Friedrich's spokesman, Jens Teschke, confirmed the comments, saying "we want clarification and we want further information."

He added, however, that he understood Friedrich to be referring primarily to the possibility of officials speaking to Snowden in Russia, where he has been granted asylum.

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This is good and all, but I don't think anything will come of it.

I only say that because Greenwald is still saying "monumental information is still coming out on many different Countries."

I agree with Greenwald in that this is "big news," however, what's been done thus far? A whole lot of talking and no action.

Zero US officials indicted. Zero US officials arrested. Only a few like Rand trying to pass legislation "limiting" the NSA's capability.

I have a huge problem with all of this because what the NSA did is in complete violation of the 4th amendment. On top of that, Clapper should be in jail for perjury, time now.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

What's powerful about Snowden

What's powerful about Snowden and his strategy is that he has persevered through the typical news cycle.

It just keeps coming and he has triggered not just an American scandal, but a growing, global consensus.

Clapper's continued freedom

Clapper's continued freedom is glaring.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Snowden’s Response to German

Snowden’s Response to German NSA Inquiry: ‘Looking forward to speaking when situation is resolved’

Snowden owes Germany no favors.

Maybe Snowden is happy in Russia but when he was waiting for a place to live where was Germany? Now Germany is asking a favor of Snowden although it has shown no favors to Snowden in the past.