Snowden tells Germany he hopes U.S. will stop ‘harmful behavior’

German Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele holds a letter he received from fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, at a news conference in Berlin, November 1, 2013. REUTERS-Tobias Schwarz

German Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele holds a letter he received from fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, at a news conference in Berlin, November 1, 2013. REUTERS-Tobias Schwarz

Edward Snowden has told the German government in a letter he believes support from around the world will persuade Washington to stop what he called “harmful behavior” in trying to prevent him from revealing secret surveillance by the U.S. government.

“Speaking the truth is not a crime,” read the letter from the former U.S. spy agency contractor, who has taken refuge in Russia. He gave the letter to German lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, who presented it to the media in Berlin on Friday.

“I am confident that with the support of the international community, the government of the United States will abandon this harmful behavior,” wrote Snowden in the letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, the German parliament and federal prosecutors.

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