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Snowden: U.S. Officials ‘Want To Kill Me’

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Snowden: U.S. Officials ‘Want To Kill Me’

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Snowden, a former NSA contractor, is wanted by U.S. authorities on treason charges for disclosing details of a vast intelligence operation that monitored millions of phone calls and emails across the world.

He received temporary asylum in Russia in August — a move that infuriated the United States and was a key factor behind President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin last year.

Kucherena told Russia’s state-run Vesti 24 news channel on Tuesday that Snowden is constantly accompanied by security guards and is considering additional security measures.

The lawyer added that he planned to ask U.S. authorities to look into the reported threats and possibly ask the media to identify their sources by name.

The German 30-minute interview will be broadcast Sunday at 2200 GMT, with initial extracts to be released during an earlier talk show at 2045 GMT.

On Thursday, in a question-and-answer session on the “Free Snowden” website, the fugitive ruled out returning to the United States, where he said there was no chance of a free trial.

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  1. disqus_fsqeoY3FsG January 27, 2014

    BuzzFeed doesn’t name the Pentagon and NSA officials who have made threats against him? Why not? Does BuzzFeed think they are more credible threats than when Nugent said in 2012 “If Obama is re-elected I will either be dead or in Prison” or the Josh Black who tweeted ‘It’s time to arrest the President and ‘hang him high.’ Sorry, if someone threatened him than let authorities know and it can be investigated as to blowing off steam or a credible threat that need to be addressed. So much Drama –

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    1. dpaano January 27, 2014

      Disqus….I have to agree. In my opinion, I think Snowden is a traitor and needs to come back to the States and explain himself. As others have said, he can’t be considered a whistleblower based on how he went about his actions….I hope he enjoys sitting in his small apartment in Russia being afraid to go outside! It serves his right!

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  2. RSDrake January 27, 2014

    There is a right and wrong way to be a whistleblower. How he did it was wrong.

    Furthermore he apparently released not only NSA monitoring but operational security information as well “endangering men and women in the armed forces” and possibly others in the intelligence field.

    Let him sit in a small apartment in Russia with security guards around him. This is as good as prison – he lost the “freedom” he was seeking – well deserved.

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  3. lambypie January 27, 2014

    Me thinks if they wanted him dead he wouldn’t be talking about it,

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  4. bob shipp January 27, 2014

    US officials want to kill him? Well, so do I and thousands of others who truly understand the implications of what he’s done. Those who worry that the NSA is watching them are self important idiots who hardly rate a raised eyebrow in the big scheme of things.

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    1. oldtack January 27, 2014

      amen Bob!

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  5. oldtack January 27, 2014

    Edward Snowden is partially correct in his assertion that the Government wants him dead. So also do many thousands of Military Security and Intelligence personnel, both active and former. Snowden betrayed a sacred oath and trust and has endangered our entire infrastructure. There is a saying “Once a Marine always a Marine” which is true. There is another lesser known one – “Once a member of Security and Intelligence ALWAYS a member…” If he were captured and was to be executed there would be multitudes in line for the pleasure of carrying out the task.

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  6. elw January 27, 2014

    Well, duh. So would any other Country that you stole secret information from. Why do you think Russia was the only Country to take you? The way you did what you did was wrong and the information you released went way beyond tracking ordinary citizens phone calls without cause. It is called taking responsibility for your actions. You should have thought thing out more carefully.

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    1. Sand_Cat January 27, 2014

      Not to pick on you personally, but just how should someone who risked his life to oppose dangers to our freedoms have done “what you did” according to those whose action in such areas is limited to writing letters to the editor and comments on The National Memo?

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      1. elw January 27, 2014

        What difference would it make what I would do? He lied about his qualification to get his job, signed a confidentiality agreement knowing full-well he was going to break it by farming for information and he planned his escape. Does not sound like an honest or trustworthy person to me.

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  7. Sand_Cat January 27, 2014

    Remember, these guys who want to kill him are the ones many are willing to trust with their most intimate secrets. It’s easy to tell all have high respect for the Constitution and the rule of law.

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    1. bob shipp January 27, 2014

      Perhaps you can enlighten us as to which law NSA broke since all of the disclosed activity was sanctioned by congressional intelligence committees. Read your consent agreements that you have agreed to online. Those who claim to be shocked or unaware haven’t been paying attention. ALL of the revelations could have been extrapolated by simply reading the newspapers. I consider myself a progressive liberal but not a fool and I find Snowden’s actions repugnant. Notice, nothing has been done to curtail the actual collection of data just some shuffling around and I don’t think anything will really change.

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  8. Eden Marling January 27, 2014

    Thank goodness for Edward Snowden… while you all parrot how we need to trust the government to do the right thing, just remember this is the same government who has ruled laws enforced differently for the rich and for the poor. I pray for Snowden’s continued safety and I represent a LOT of people that appreciate everything Snowden did. He is a hero not to be scorned. Jesus went thru the same thing so you’re in good company!

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  9. Justin Napolitano January 27, 2014

    He is a traitor to his country. A patriot does not run to Russia for protection. He should come back to the US and make a case for what he has done. If he refuses to do that then he gets what he deserves. Maybe he likes living in Putin’s Russia. I’l bet he feel especially free there doesn’t he?

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  10. Jakie Lewis January 27, 2014

    I am pretty sure if his assertions were correct he would be dead. Personally, I don’t want him dead, but he is welcome to stay right there in Russia. He is not just a whistleblower, he planned this whole charade and he didn’t do it to protect me, or you, he did it to be the “big” man.

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  11. Handis O'Hara January 30, 2014

    In this related video we find a brief introduction to the very first victim of the vindictive, vengeful Obamacare apparatchiks: http://youtu.be/Sl6QRZmCo64?t=1m18s

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  12. To the people who are against him; you belong in an oppressive government who watches you 24/7. I’d rather immigrate to another country before being treated like a child.

    And I am a proud Snowden supporter. We need more men like him.

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