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Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry

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.

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"...said that a written questionnaire would suffice. The disagreement led to the resignation of the CDU head of the committee this month.
Last June the German foreign ministry rejected Snowden's application for asylum because it was not submitted in person on German soil. If Snowden had been invited as a witness, he could have met these requirements."

It looks like they will allow him to testify remotely, but they don't want him to be in a position to ask for asylum... trying to skirt the asylum laws they don't want to deal with. That gives me the impression that if he did end up in Germany, they would find some other excuse to reject asylum.

I'm starting to think that America

Is freaking the shit out of its allies.

What country wants to be the next Syria, Iraq, Libya or Ukraine.

And let's not forget, Ukraine is eastern Europe.

Thanks, Germany

Without Snowden, Merkel wouldn't know she was tapped.

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

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Yes, but lest she forget


Still Carrying the USA's Water After All These Years

Apparently, the leadership of Germany's parliament fears the USA more than it respects principle ...

I guess the German leadership is still partial to the edicts...

of fascists.

That was disturbing.

That was disturbing.

egapele's picture

It has been a viral video on the internet

for at least two years. Almost as bad as some of the "jackass" stuff.

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A shining example of

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