European Parliament drops demand for Snowden safety

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The European Parliament is finalizing its report on the NSA surveillance program, and the parliament’s Green faction had proposed an amendment that would give leaker Edward Snowden a guarantee of safety from rendition to the U.S. or prosecution by EU member states, should he choose to leave Russia and come to the EU. However, on Wednesday the parliament’s civil liberties committee will reportedly ditch the amendment, following opposition from both the conservative and socialist blocs. Indeed, the report will apparently not include any demands relating specifically to Snowden’s protection, though it will call for generalized whistleblower protection.

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Eric Hagen

I find it amusing that there has been no disclosure of other countries’ surveillance use of the internet. Governments – allies and foes alike – have always spied on each other. The internet is the perfect medium for doing so.

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