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.

Filed Under: angela merkel, diplomacy, ed snowden, germany, nsa, surveillance


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    That One Guy (profile), 2 May 2014 @ 12:18am

    Re: Re: Re: I don't understand German rules, but...

    Intercepting the questionnaire, and changing it to make it look like he's saying something other than what he's actually saying, either to cover their actions, or make him look bad... with all the other things the spy agencies have been caught doing(especially considering the presence of what amounts to character assassination programs they utilize against 'enemies'), honestly, at this point I wouldn't put it past them.

    Funnily enough, and somewhat on that same topic, one of, if not the main reasons they wanted him to give his testimony in person was worries that the Russians would be able to affect or interfere with his testimony if he did it via video.

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