Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquirySubmitted by emalvini on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 21:08
Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry
Officials say a personal invitation for US whistleblower to attend hearing would put 'grave strain' on US-German relations
UK slips down global press freedom list due to Snowden leaks response
Philip Oltermann in Berlin
theguardian.com, Thursday 1 May 2014 06.32 EDT
The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours before Angela Merkel travels to Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama.
In a letter to members of a parliamentary committee obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung, government officials say a personal invitation for the US whistleblower would "run counter to the political interests of the Federal Republic", and "put a grave and permanent strain" on US-German relations.