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    European Parliament Demands an End to Persecution of Snowden

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    The resolution calling on the EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden was adopted Thursday by a majority of votes.

    The European Parliament adopted a resolution Thursday, calling the EU states to end any persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden and give him protection.

    "By 285 votes to 281, MEPs decided to call 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," the press service said in a statement.

    In the same resolution, the EU parliament raises concerns about surveillance laws in several EU countries.

    Snowden, a former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, released in 2013 a trove of classified documents detailing bulk US intelligence data collection in the United States, Europe and many other targets around the world.

    Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia in August 2013, before receiving a three-year residency permit from the country the following year.

    In the United States, he may face up to 30 years in prison on espionage charges for his revelations of the depth of illegal surveillance activities by the US intelligence community.

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      Mitach2002
      Wow. About time Europe grew a backbone and stood up to the terrorist American government. America keeps threatening everyone to do as their told or fear the repercussions. Problem is that the world hasn't figured out that the terrorist American government needs us far more then we need America. With 18.4 trillion in debt America carries a very weak hand.
    • AnomicDust
      CIA will have a rendition jet warmed up and ready for the tough guy.
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      tobi.gelando
      Mr. Snowden you better stay in Russia !!! Don't believe the European LAP DOGS !!! GB, Sweden and THERE friends will you return to the USA to please there Master !!!
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      Geraldinebatt
      The empire must die,regime change means mass murder.
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