Edward Snowden has penned an open letter to the people of Brazil describing how the NSA has violated its sovereignty and applauding the country's backlash to such invasions of privacy. But eventually, Snowden gets to the real underlying message of the letter, which is, essentially, Please give me asylum now, I am so very cold. The key passage:
Many Brazilian senators agree, and have asked for my assistance with their investigations of suspected crimes against Brazilian citizens.I have expressed my willingness to assist wherever appropriate and lawful, but unfortunately the United States government has worked very hard to limit my ability to do so — going so far as to force down the Presidential Plane of Evo Morales to prevent me from traveling to Latin America!
Until a country grants permanent political asylum,
the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak.
In conclusion, I see that it's expected to reach a high of 81 degrees in Rio today.