The European Parliament has voted 285-281 for its 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 whistleblower and international human rights defender.”
Originally posted at TED.com
Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance at TED2014 on 18 March 2014, speaking in Vancouver by means of a mobile video unit which he could control from a remote location. Snowden’s TED talk took the form of a conversation with Chris Anderson and Tim Berners-Lee, who had called for the formulation of an online bill of rights less than a week earlier.
A transcript follows after the video below.
This Avaaz petition addressed to the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo has gained more than 1,100,000 signatures worldwide since its launch in mid-January 2014.
As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the massive violation of our privacy, we call on you to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden. As the leader of a global movement for internet freedom and privacy, Brazil is the perfect home for a man who sacrificed his life to disclose invasive and illegal US spying.
Exactly one week after President Barack Obama’s speech on US signals intelligence, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden conducted his first live chat since June 2013 on this website. The #AskSnowden hashtag was trending in the US as people put their questions to Snowden on twitter and the event attracted media coverage worldwide.
For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.
The American Civil Liberties Union has posted a petition on their website addressed to President Obama directly, telling him that Edward Snowden deserves amnesty as a whistleblower.
Edward Snowden is an American patriot. End the public attacks and grant him full immunity now.”
Read more, and add your signature to the petition at: President Obama: Grant Edward Snowden Immunity Now