Snowden happy about debate he started—reporter

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11:51 PM July 10th, 2013

July 10th, 2013 11:51 PM

Edward Snowden AP FILE PHOTO

RIO DE JANEIRO — US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is happy about the debate he ignited with his revelations about Washington’s worldwide electronic espionage activities, reporter Glenn Greenwald said Wednesday.

“He’s anxious about the next step… but feels really good about the debate he provoked,” Greenwald, a lawyer turned muckracker who works for Britain’s liberal Guardian newspaper, told AFP.

“He’s very calm, without any fear and definitely happy about the choices that he made,” added Greenwald who lives in Rio.

Currently stranded in Moscow, Snowden has applied for asylum in 27 countries in a bid to evade US justice for disclosing the existence of US electronic surveillance operations on a global scale.

The 30-year-old former National Security Agency contractor has gained a sympathetic ear from some leftist Latin American countries, including Venezuela.

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