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

17 Septembre, 2019, 11:08 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Mr Snowden appealed to the French leader

"I'm not asking for a parade".

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who remains in exile in Russian Federation after leaking secret government documents back in 2013, said Monday he wants to come back to the United States, but the government has "refused to guarantee" he gets a fair trial. "What I'm asking for is a fair trial".

"I think he's actually quite simple to understand. I think and what he's actually looking for is simply for people to like him, unfortunately that produces a lot of negative effects".

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". Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act.

Controversial whistleblower Edward Snowden, living in exile in Russian Federation, said Monday he would like to return to the United States - but only if he can get a fair jury trial.

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In this handout photo provided by The Guardian, Edward Snowden speaks during an interview in Hong Kong.

"But it's not about France, it's about Europe, it's about the world and the system that we have".

The Washington Post reported Snowden has been promoting his new book, "Permanent Record", a memoir telling his own account of how he revealed "the sweeping and invasive surveillance networks that the CIA and National Security Agency had erected in the aftermath of 9/11". Snowden also describes his crisis of conscience that ensued, which lead him to whistle blow on the agency. The government wants a different kind of trial. It resulted in a worldwide focus on American intelligence organization's surveillance efforts.

USA federal prosecutors subsequently filed a criminal complaint against the whistleblower for breaching the Espionage Act of 1917 and theft of government property. He has also sought asylum in several other countries.

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