In a new open letter to the people of Brazil, Edward Snowden wrote Tuesday that he would gladly help the Brazilian government investigate American-led mass surveillance on its people, government, and corporations.
Previously, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor had applied for asylum in Brazil and a number of other countries with no luck. Snowden continues to live in Russia via temporary asylum granted by the Kremlin.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry never formally responded to Snowden’s earlier request for asylum in Brazil, but that was before the documents he leaked were revealed to have a massive impact on the South American country. Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has led the charge of reporting on Snowden’s documents and lives in Brazil, said on Twitter that this new letter does not constitute a new application for asylum.