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    Two Danish parties are pushing for parliament to give US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum in Denmark, local media reported Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, Danish political parties the Alternative and the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) said that they wanted the parliament to vote on offering Snowden asylum in Denmark, The Local news outlet reported.

    "I would be incredibly proud of Denmark if we were the European country to offer Edward Snowden asylum," Uffe Elbaek of the Alternative said, as cited by the media.

    The move comes after the European Parliament in a resolution on Thursday called on the 28 EU member states to grant protection to Snowden as a "human rights defender" after he uncovered illegal US government surveillance programs.

    In 2013, Snowden made public some 1.7 million classified US government documents detailing widespread and illegal global surveillance programs by the US intelligence community.

    Since June 2013, Snowden has been living in Russia. The whistleblower faces US charges of espionage and theft of state property which could put him in jail for 30 years.

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