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  • In this image made from TV taken in Sept. 2013 and made available by Rossia 24 TV channel and distributed on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks at a photographer on a boat during a trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, Russia, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT

    In this image made from TV taken in Sept. 2013 and made available by Rossia 24 TV channel and distributed on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks at a photographer on a boat during a trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, Russia, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel) TV OUT

  • In this image made from TV taken in Sept. 2013 and made available by Rossia 24 TV channel and distributed on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks at a photographer on a boat during a trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, Russia, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT

    In this image made from TV taken in Sept. 2013 and made available by Rossia 24 TV channel and distributed on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks at a photographer on a boat during a trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, Russia, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel) TV OUT

  • In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT

    In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel) TV OUT

  • In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT

    In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel) TV OUT

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, shows a letter to the media, he claims he received from Edward Snowden, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, shows a letter to the media, he claims he received from Edward Snowden, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, shows a letter to the media, he claims he received from Edward Snowden, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows   a copy of a a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, shows a copy of a a letter to the media, he claims he received from Edward Snowden, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows   a copy of a a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, shows a copy of a a letter to the media, he claims he received from Edward Snowden, prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Hans-Christian Stroebele, a lawmaker with Germany's opposition Greens presents a letter  from  Edward Snowden to the media prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared in principle to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Hans-Christian Stroebele, a lawmaker with Germany's opposition Greens presents a letter from Edward Snowden to the media prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared in principle to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's  communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday  Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's  communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday  Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's  communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday  Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

    FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

  • In this image made from TV taken in Sept. 2013 and made available by Rossia 24 TV channel and distributed on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks at a photographer on a boat during a trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, Russia, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT
  • In this image made from TV taken in Sept. 2013 and made available by Rossia 24 TV channel and distributed on Friday Nov. 1, 2013, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks at a photographer on a boat during a trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, Russia, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. Edward Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT
  • In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT
  • In this video frame grab provided by LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River in Moscow, with the Christ the Savior Cathedral in the background. LifeNews said the video was shot in September 2013 and Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, confirmed the photo's authenticity. Snowden is calling for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop its espionage charges against him, according to a letter a German lawmaker released Friday after he met the American in Moscow. (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)   TV OUT
  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows  a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows   a copy of a a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele,  shows   a copy of a a letter  to the media,  he claims  he received from  Edward Snowden,  prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence.  Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • Hans-Christian Stroebele, a lawmaker with Germany's opposition Greens presents a letter  from  Edward Snowden to the media prior to a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared in principle to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Stroebele said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday, and that the National Security Agency leaker is prepared to help Germany investigate allegations of surveillance by U.S. intelligence. Snowden was granted asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival there from Hong Kong. The 30-year-old faces espionage charges in the U.S. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's  communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday  Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's  communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday  Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
  • FILE - In this March 13, 2013 file picture, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich briefs the media in Berlin. Friedrich says he will try to organize a meeting between German investigators and Edward Snowden if he’s willing to give details about the National Security Agency’s alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's  communications. Friedrich was quoted by Die Zeit newspaper Friday  Nov. 1, 2013 saying that “we will find a way, if Mr. Snowden is willing to talk.” His spokesman Jens Teschke confirmed the comments, saying “we want clarification and we want further information.” He said he assumed such a meeting would be in Russia. Opposition Greens lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele said he met with Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and that he was prepared to travel to Germany to testify.   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

BERLIN — The U.S. refused to show any leniency to fugitive leaker Edward Snowden on Friday, even as Secretary of State John Kerry conceded that eavesdropping on allies had happened on “automatic pilot” and went too far.

Snowden made his appeal for U.S. clemency in a letter released Friday by a German lawmaker who met with him in Moscow. In it, the 30-year-old American asked for international help to persuade the U.S. to drop spying charges against him and said he would like to testify before the U.S. Congress about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities.

Snowden also indicated he would be willing to help German officials investigate alleged U.S. spying in Germany, said Hans-Christian Stroebele, a lawmaker with the opposition Green Party and a member of the parliamentary committee that oversees German intelligence.

Stroebele met with Snowden for three hours on Thursday, a week after explosive allegations that the NSA had monitored Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone prompted her to complain personally to President Barack Obama. The alleged spying has produced the most serious diplomatic tensions between the two allies since Germany opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

In his one-page typed letter, written in English and bearing signatures that Stroebele said were his own and Snowden’s, the American complained that the U.S. government “continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense.”

“However, speaking the truth is not a crime,” Snowden wrote. “I am confident that with the support of the international community, the government of the United States will abandon this harmful behavior.”

In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki would not respond directly to Snowden’s appeal, but said the U.S. position “has not changed.”

“Despite recent reports or recent pronouncements from Mr. Snowden, as we’ve stated many times before, he’s accused of leaking classified information, faces felony charges here in the United States and we believe he should be returned as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections applicable under U.S. law,” Psaki said.

Stroebele said Snowden appeared healthy and cheerful during their meeting at an undisclosed location in Moscow. The German television network ARD, which accompanied Stroebele, said the Germans were taken to the meeting by unidentified security officials under “strict secrecy.”

Snowden “said that he would like most to lay the facts on the table before a committee of the U.S. Congress and explain them,” Stroebele said. The lawmaker, a prominent critic of the NSA’s alleged activities, said Snowden “did not present himself to me as anti-American or anything like that — quite the contrary.”

Merkel this week sent German officials to Washington for talks on the spying issue. Germany’s parliament also is expected to discuss the NSA’s alleged spying on Nov. 18.

Snowden’s appeal came as Kerry conceded that because of modern technology, some NSA activities had gone too far and were carried out without the knowledge of Obama administration officials.

“The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening, in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there,” Kerry said Thursday.

“In some cases, some of these actions have reached too far and we are going to try to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future,” Kerry said, adding that ongoing reviews of U.S. surveillance will ensure that technology is not being abused.

Snowden was granted a one-year asylum in Russia in August after being stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month following his arrival from Hong Kong. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Snowden got asylum on condition that he wouldn’t harm U.S. interests.

Snowden’s exact whereabouts in Russia have been a mystery, though there has been wide speculation that he is under the control of Russia’s security services.

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