(LONDON) — Edward Snowden has the support of a former U.S. Republican senator from New Hampshire.
In an email published by The Guardian, which exposed intelligence about U.S. surveillance programs Snowden leaked to the British newspaper, Gordon Humphrey tells Snowden, “I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.”
Humphrey, who served in the Senate from 1977 through 1990 and was a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, writes, “I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion. I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to persevere.”
In an email reply, Snowden thanked Humphrey for his support and wrote, “I only wish more of our lawmakers shared your principles — the actions I’ve taken would not have been necessary.”
Humphrey verified his identity to Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who published the email, calling Snowden “a courageous whistle-blower.”
The former senator went on to say, “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.”
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Ivana Kottasova, CNN