1.1 million Brazilians petition government to give Edward Snowden asylum

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Edward Snowden is a popular guy in Brazil. The NSA leaker received 1.1 million signatures in a petition that aims to convince its president to grant him asylum.

“The Brazilian government had said it required a formal request from Snowden to grant asylum. Today, more than a million people have done what Snowden cannot and presented this request in his name,” Ricken Patel director of an international campaigning group, said in a statement according to an Agence France-Presse report.

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With the request Mr. Snowden made of President Dilma Rousseff last December, he offered to assist Brazil in investigating the NSA’s surveillance operations in their country, The Hill reported. Brazil is also home to Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who reported the leaker’s first document.

Mr. Snowden currently holds temporary asylum status in Russia.

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