Saturday, October 31, 2015

Despite US Pressure, EU Parliament Clears Path For Snowden Asylum

In the face of global pressure from the United States, the European Parliament passed a resolution which may pave the way for a European Union country to grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. By a vote of 285 to 281, members of Parliament called on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.” Snowden described the development as a “game-changer” and added, “This is not a blow against the U.S. government, but an open hand extended by friends. It is a chance to move forward.”


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