European Parliament Votes to Grant Snowden Amnesty

The European Parliament has voted to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden protections across the 28 member state block against extradition or rendition to the US, where he faces espionage charges.

In a statement, the former US government contractor was called a “human rights defender” for leaking thousands of documents that detail the vast scope of US government surveillance. By 285 votes to 281, Members of the European Parliament decided to call on EU member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.”

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