This Avaaz petition addressed to the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo has gained more than 1,100,000 signatures worldwide since its launch in mid-January 2014.
As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the massive violation of our privacy, we call on you to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden. As the leader of a global movement for internet freedom and privacy, Brazil is the perfect home for a man who sacrificed his life to disclose invasive and illegal US spying.
The petition was handed in to Brazil’s Justice Ministry on 13 February 2014. Read more and sign: Send Snowden Home
On Friday 17 January, US President Barack Obama made his long awaited speech on US signals intelligence. The speech came a month after the publication of a report by the Review Group he appointed to look into the issue. At the end of last year, Edward Snowden gave his reaction to the Review Group report in an interview with Fantástico:
“Remember that the advisory group was composed of a hand picked group. Their job wasn’t to protect privacy or to deter abuses, it was to “restore public confidence” in these spying activities. Many of the recommendations they made are cosmetic changes: things that look good but change little.”
Originally published 16/12/13 in Folha de S. Paulo. Snowden later provided some context to this letter in an interview with Fantástico.
Six months ago, I stepped out from the shadows of the United States Government’s National Security Agency to stand in front of a journalist’s camera.
I shared with the world evidence proving some governments are building a world-wide surveillance system to secretly track how we live, who we talk to, and what we say.
I went in front of that camera with open eyes, knowing that the decision would cost me family and my home, and would risk my life. I was motivated by a belief that the citizens of the world deserve to understand the system in which they live.