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Germany: Prepared to speak with Snowden

Germany: Prepared to speak with Snowden

Nov 1, 7:46 AM (ET)
By GEIR MOULSON and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER

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."

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