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Whistleblower Snowden: I'd love to be granted asylum in France

 

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FILE PHOTO: Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a conference at University of Buenos Aires Law School, Argentina, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

 

PARIS (Reuters) - Former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would love French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him political asylum after one of Macron’s ministers said if it was up to her she would offer him asylum.

 

French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said at the weekend she supported granting asylum to him, though she made clear she was speaking in a personal capacity and it was not an official offer.

 

Asked about the prospect of asylum in France in an interview aired on Monday on France Inter radio, Snowden said: “I applied for asylum in France in 2013 under [former French President Francois] Hollande and of course we would love to see Macron roll out an invitation.”

 

“But it’s not about France, it’s about Europe, it’s about the world and the system that we have. Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act. Welcoming someone like me is not an attack on the United States”.

 

Snowden, about to publish his memoirs ‘Permanent Record’, has been living in Russia since 2013 after he revealed details of secret surveillance programs by U.S. intelligence agencies.

 

Many civil rights activists see him as a hero, but at home in the United States authorities want him to stand trial for espionage.

 

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I spent 4 years in Paris. Is Snowden serious?? He must be playing games or its misleading news.

The Americans are all over Paris and London. How long would a white guy wanted by Uncle Sam last there? How many USAF bases are in Europe ?

Take your pick.Easy.

 

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8 minutes ago, tgw said:

he's not talking about the same kind of asylum...

And what do you mean by that?

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Well the americans did not get Ayatollah Khomeny (under french special police protection) during his long term asylum in France....so maybe Snowden would make it and have enough logistics and time to publish more of his juicy cases ?

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13 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

“But it’s not about France, it’s about Europe, it’s about the world and the system that we have. Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act. Welcoming someone like me is not an attack on the United States”.

Although welcoming someone like Snowdon would not be an attack on the USA it certainly would not be considered a friendly act by a so called friendly nation and would harm relations. 

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I guess he's tired of that awful Russian food and cold winters. Since he's no longer of use to Putin, I'm sure his stay there is much less comfortable than it was at the start.

It is highly unlikely that any country that seeks a favorable relationship with the US will take him in, especially with Trump in office. Remember his crimes happened under Obama and the US Gov't was very <deleted> off then, I can't imagine things would be any better now.

 

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