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Edward Snowden Speaks to the Council of Europe

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Edward Snowden addressed the Council of Europe via a video link-up on Tuesday as part of the institution's debate on protecting whistleblowers.

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STRASBOURG, June 23 (Sputnik) — An international standard of protection for whistleblowers is needed that would be upheld by governments, former National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Tuesday.

"We need to set an international standard of protection from retaliation which can be made greater by national governments, by institutions, by organizations," Snowden told members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe via a video uplink.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution Tuesday on improving the protection of whistleblowers.

In the resolution, the Assembly calls on the Council of Europe member and observer states to "enact whistleblower protection laws also covering employees of national security or intelligence services and of private firms working in this field."

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