Email exchange between Edward Snowden and former GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey
"I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what I regard as
massive violation of the United States Constitution"
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 16 July 2013 14.12 EDT
Former two-term GOP Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire emailed Edward
Snowden yesterday [emphasis added]:
Provided you have not leaked information that would put in harms way any
intelligence agent, I believe you have done the right thing in exposing what
I regard as massive violation of the United States Constitution.
Having served in the United States Senate for twelve years as a member
of the Foreign Relations Committee, the Armed Services Committee and the
Judiciary Committee, I think I have a good grounding to reach my conclusion.
I wish you well in your efforts to secure asylum and encourage you to
Kindly acknowledge this message, so that I will know it reached you.
Gordon J. Humphrey
Former United States Senator
After I contacted Sen. Humphrey to confirm its authenticity, he wrote to me
Yes. It was I who sent the email message to Edward Snowden, thanking him
for exposing astonishing violations of the US Constitution and encouraging
him to persevere in the search for asylum.
To my knowledge, Mr. Snowden has disclosed only the existence of a
program and not details that would place any person in harm's way. I regard
him as a courageous whistle-blower.
I object to the monumentally disproportionate campaign being waged by
the U.S. Government against Edward Snowden, while no effort is being made to
identify, remove from office and bring to justice those officials who have
abused power, seriously and repeatedly violating the Constitution of the
United States and the rights of millions of unsuspecting citizens.
Americans concerned about the growing arrogance of our government and
its increasingly menacing nature should be working to help Mr. Snowden find
asylum. Former Members of Congress, especially, should step forward and
Snowden's reply to Sen. Humphrey:
Thank you for your words of support. I only wish more of our lawmakers
shared your principles - the actions I've taken would not have been
The media has distorted my actions and intentions to distract from the
substance of Constitutional violations and instead focus on personalities.
It seems they believe every modern narrative requires a bad guy. Perhaps it
does. Perhaps, in such times, loving one's country means being hated by its
If history proves that be so, I will not shy from that hatred. I will
not hesitate to wear those charges of villainy for the rest of my life as a
civic duty, allowing those governing few who dared not do so themselves to
use me as an excuse to right these wrongs.
My intention, which I outlined when this began, is to inform the public
as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.
I remain committed to that. Though reporters and officials may never believe
it, I have not provided any information that would harm our people - agent
or not - and I have no intention to do so.
Further, no intelligence service - not even our own - has the capacity
to compromise the secrets I continue to protect. While it has not been
reported in the media, one of my specializations was to teach our people at
DIA how to keep such information from being compromised even in the highest
threat counter-intelligence environments (i.e. China).
You may rest easy knowing I cannot be coerced into revealing that
information, even under torture.
With my thanks for your service to the nation we both love,
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