Snowden Says He Is Willing To Answer Questions From European Parliament, Which Also Wants Him To Go There In Person

from the would-that-be-wise? dept

European governments have shown themselves to be extremely reluctant to investigate the NSA and GCHQ surveillance of their populations -- probably because they knew about it and received information as a result. The European Parliament, by contrast, has been active here through its Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee, which is holding an "inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens."

One person uniquely well placed to help any such investigation is, of course, Edward Snowden, and it appears he has now agreed to give evidence:

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has confirmed in writing that he is prepared to answer questions from the European Parliament's inquiry into the revelations of mass surveillance by intelligence services. He will at least respond in writing, possibly also via a recorded video message.
That information is posted on The Greens | European Free Alliance site, which goes on to say:
"It is clear that Edward Snowden will only be able to give us comprehensive information if he can be guaranteed a safe stay in Europe for a later in-depth testimony. Next week, the EP's civil liberties committee will decide if the European Parliament will call on EU governments to grant such protection. The Greens have pushed for this and continue to urge all political groups to support the move."
Given that the Bolivian President's jet was re-routed in Europe purely on suspicions that Snowden could be on board -- presumably at the behest of the US -- promises of "protection" won't be worth much. In any case, they're unlikely to be given for the same reasons European governments don't want to investigate this matter.

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    kenichi tanaka (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 3:46pm

    Snowden is an idiot if he appears in Europe, who has an uncanny infatuation with extradicting anyone to the United States when the demand comes from the U.S. Government.

    The EU is simply trying to pull a fast one to get their hands on this whistleblower.

     

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    jameshogg (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 3:46pm

    Ahhh, the EU. Loathed by the Right here in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Dialectical flow of cultures between states? Check.

    Healthy attitude towards democracy? Check.

    Healthy attitude towards human rights? Check.

    Stable currency? We are working on that. Soon enough we will learn that each state is better off managing its own state currency, as opposed to an unnecessary accumulation of power under one Eurozone currency. But make no mistake we will learn that mistake and correct ourselves.

    Silly UKIP fools, for example, loathe any and all unions except the construct of the UNITED Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Or even worse, equate the European Union with the Soviet Union. OR even worse, decide to pander to the worst forms of nationalism, isolationism and xenophobia whenever their "stable" culture is challenged.

    Euroskeptic is actually a good title for anyone to adhere to, however, provided you avoid the mutated meaning of it (Eurohysteria would better describe such a mutation). Because it of course must follow that nothing is sacred, and the EU is no exception. But make no mistake about it: all its faults can be best tackled without having to throw away the good of it.

     

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    kenichi tanaka (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 3:53pm

    The EU? A Democracy?

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 4:13pm

    I would trust the EU...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 4:25pm

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    I trust then too.

    That is to do what ever is in their interest, not Snowden's.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 4:26pm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 4:41pm

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    But I wouldn't try to betray America

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 5:19pm

    Second country in recent time to request Snowden show up in person, almost have to wonder if the US is getting desperate, and trying to dig him out of Russia by putting pressure on other countries.

    Really wish they understood tech better though, the idea that he could only give 'comprehensive information' in person is beyond ridiculous, considering available technology allows real-time discussions between two or more people, even if they're thousands of miles away from each other at the time.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Feb 11th, 2014 @ 5:20pm

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    Guessed what that was as I clicked it, and turns out I was right. Spot on there, and almost certainly correct.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2014 @ 5:44pm

    On the bright side, there is a video of Justin Bieber pissing at Miami jail, which is about to be published.

    This should take some pressure off NSA for half of Wednesday.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Feb 12th, 2014 @ 1:19am

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    I think it depends on who grants him such "protections" and specially HOW he plans to go to that place. If done correctly he can move around just fine.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 5:28am

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    Individual european governments don't care because they have their fingers in the pot.

    EU Parliament are only making noise because they love an excuse to overrule the member governments.

    Its just a boring power struggle. I doubt they care about rights.

     

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    I'm_Having_None_Of_It, Feb 12th, 2014 @ 6:13am

    I don't fancy Snowden's chances of remaining free in Europe, should he turn up. Better to have a live video conference in which he answers questions from the safety of his current home. What with the establishment media outlets calling him a traitor in defiance of due process, and frantically sucking up to Uncle Sam, I can see his plane being re-routed as soon as it enters European airspace.

    The question is, which country would permit this rendition to take place? Would the Germans, French, or Belgians stand up to the US despite their alleged unease with the spying on their citizens?

     

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