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US government officials want to kill me, says Snowden in TV interview

Published on Jan 26, 2014 10:58 PM
 
A undated handout file picture received from Channel 4, on Dec 24, 2013, shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden voiced fears that United States government officials want to kill him, in a TV interview to be broadcast in Germany on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP / CHANNEL 4

BERLIN (AFP) - Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden voiced fears that United States government officials want to kill him, in a TV interview to be broadcast in Germany on Sunday.

The comment comes just days after Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said the American feared for his life, following a report by US website BuzzFeed of explicit threats against him from unnamed Pentagon and National Security Agency (NSA) officials.

Snowden also told the German broadcaster: "These people, and they are government officials, have said they would love to put a bullet in my head or poison me when I come out of the supermarket, and then watch as I die in the shower."

The translated Snowden quotes were released by German public television chain ARD, as part of a longer interview shot secretly in Moscow that it plans to screen later on Sunday.

 
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