BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Former United States spy agency contractor Edward Snowden says he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activities. This is the the first time that he has broken his silence since he reportedly fled to Moscow more than a week ago.
In a letter to Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa, Snowden said he remained free and able to publish information that serves the public interest.
He said the U.S. was illegally persecuting him for revealing its electronic surveillance programme Prism, and thanked Ecuador for helping him get to Russia and for examining his asylum request.
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks released a statement saying Snowden accuses U.S. president Barrak Obama of using citizenship as a weapon to block his hope of asylum, and putting pressure on other countries' leaders to deny his asylum request.