By Daniel Strauss - 07/01/13 10:38 PM EDT
National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden accused President Obama on Monday of using "tools of political aggression" in retaliation over his disclosure of classified information on two secret government programs.
"Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
"This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me."
Snowden's statement came as Obama pressures Russia to hand over Snowden, who is reportedly seeking asylum there.
"The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon," Snowden continued in his statement.
"Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum."
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Snowden's request might be granted, raising the possibility of increased tensions between the United States and Russia.