Demonstrators hold up pictures of former US agent of the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden and US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning as they take part in a protest against the US National Security Agency (NSA) collecting German emails, online chats and phone calls and sharing some of it with the country’s intelligence services in Berlin on July 27, 2013. Photo: AFP I have been deeply ashamed of my country a number of times. The Nixon Christmas bombing of Hanoi and Hai Phong was one such time, when hospitals, schools and dikes were targeted. The invasion of Iraq was another. Washington’s silence over the fatal Israeli Commando raid on the Gaza Peace Flotilla – in which a 19-year-old unarmed American boy was murdered – was a third. But I think I have never been as ashamed and disgusted as I was today reading that US Attorney General Eric Holder had sent a letter to the Russian minister of justice saying that the US would “not seek the death penalty” in its espionage case against National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, promising that even if the US later brought added charges against Snowden after obtaining him, they would not include…
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