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MEPs ask Edward Snowden to testify on government surveillance

NSA whistleblower will appear via video
Fri Dec 13 2013, 11:23
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REFUGEE WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden will appear before the European Parliament to testify about government surveillance.

Snowden has been asked to testify by the European Parliament and ministers have been keen to look into the surveillance story ever since it appeared in the press.

According to Der Spiegel the ex-NSA contractor will appear via video conference, and will be questioned about the extent of government surveillance. The interview will be pre-recorded and should appear in January, according to German Green Party MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht.

"We now have a clear mandate to send written questions to Snowden, and I hope that he can answer this with a video message by mid-January," he said.

Claude Moraes, MEP for London and the deputy leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, confirmed the news on Twitter.

Morales has been an advocate of speaking out against the government surveillance ever since the revelations appeared, and has demanded answers about the scale of it.

"For my part, the European Parliament's Inquiry emphasis has to be on ensuring that there is strong legal framework in place in the EU which not only protects EU citizens fundamental right to privacy, but ensures that other third countries including the US respect this right too," he said in October.

"We are obliged to both make sure that these allegations are fully investigated and ensure that changes are made to allow for new mechanisms to safeguard citizens' rights to data protection and privacy."

Snowden's appearance to address questions posed by the European Parliament will be pre-recorded to ensure his safety. µ


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