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Thu May 1, 2014, 05:41 PM

 

Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry

Source: The Guardian

Officials say a personal invitation for US whistleblower to attend hearing would put 'grave strain' on US-German relations

Philip Oltermann in Berlin
theguardian.com, Thursday 1 May 2014 06.32 EDT


The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours before Angela Merkel travels to Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama.

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.

Opposition party members in the committee from the Left and Green party had for weeks insisted that the former NSA employee was a key witness and therefore would need to appear in person, not least because of concerns that Russia otherwise could influence his testimony.

However, the ruling Christian Democratic and Social Democratic parties, said that a written questionnaire would suffice. The disagreement led to the resignation of the CDU head of the committee this month.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/01/germany-edward-snowden-nsa-inquiry



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DeSwiss May 2014 OP
Tarheel_Dem May 2014 #1
ucrdem May 2014 #2
Demeter May 2014 #3
uhnope May 2014 #4
1000words May 2014 #5
Bodhi BloodWave May 2014 #7
Blue_Tires May 2014 #6
Kelvin Mace May 2014 #8

Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu May 1, 2014, 05:53 PM

1. Oops! He really wants the hell outta Mother Russia now. Wonder why?



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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu May 1, 2014, 06:11 PM

2. Translation: that trick got old a year ago so give it a rest already.

Warmly, the US

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu May 1, 2014, 06:14 PM

3. That collage cracks me up

 

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu May 1, 2014, 07:13 PM

4. Wikileaks is now admitting they "advised" Snowden to go to Russia

 

because it was "not safe elsewhere". So much for the claim that Snowden was trapped in Russia by the US
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/461862504243953664

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Response to uhnope (Reply #4)

Thu May 1, 2014, 07:23 PM

5. Still fixated on discrediting the man and not addressing the revelations

 

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Response to 1000words (Reply #5)

Thu May 1, 2014, 08:13 PM

7. didn't that post point out something about

wikileaks rather then snowden, so how exactly did it 'discredit' snowden?

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Response to DeSwiss (Original post)

Thu May 1, 2014, 09:33 PM

8. So, Merkel answers to Wahington?

 

Who knew?

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