November 4, 2013
The German magazine Der Spiegel published an open letter it says was written by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, in which Snowden said calls for changes in surveillance programs justify his decision to leak classified information.
“Citizens have to fight against the suppression of information about affairs of essential importance for the public,” Snowden said in the piece titled “A Manifesto for the Truth,” according to a translation by Reuters. “Those who speak the truth are not committing a crime.
“Instead of causing damage, the usefulness of the new public knowledge for society is now clear because reforms to politics, supervision and laws are being suggested,” he wrote.