German Government Blocks Ed Snowden From Testifying Before Parliament So As Not To Upset The US

from the we-delicate-flowers dept

A month ago, we wrote about how the German Parliament was opening hearings in the NSA's surveillance of German citizens (including Chancellor Angela Merkel) and that some of the lawmakers wanted Ed Snowden to testify (either in person, or providing evidence remotely). At the time, it was noted that "analysts believe Merkel’s government will find a way to sidestep such a move." And, indeed, that's exactly what's happened. The German government has blocked any such testimony for fear of upsetting the American government.
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.
Because the American government is apparently so insecure that it can't handle Ed Snowden testifying to the German Parliament? Really? Sometimes, when you look at world diplomacy, it looks like a bunch of elementary school kids. What happened to mature adults who can disagree about things without it causing an international incident?

Apparently, the Green Party is looking to challenge this decision, but it seems unlikely to change.
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Filed Under: angela merkel, diplomacy, ed snowden, germany, nsa, surveillance


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  1. identicon
    John, 1 May 2014 @ 3:56pm

    Say what

    The USA spied on every German citizen and the German government is worried that getting to the bottom of that spying will hurt the feelings of the USA? Isn't that arse about? Shouldn't the German's be pissed? Did the USA give a damn about hurting the German's feeling when they decided to spy.

    You can only care as much as the other side. But I suppose the other side isn't the USA government. The USA & German governments are on the same side. Its their citizens they are opposing.

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