European Parliament votes to shield Snowden from extradition to US

An EU flag at the European Parliament. (credit: European Parliament)

By a vote of 285 to 281, the European Parliament passed a resolution today calling on member states to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection, and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.” The move is a “recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.”

Speaking through his Twitter account, Snowden hailed the vote as being a “game changer.”

“This is not a blow against the US Government, but an open hand extended by friends,” he added. “It is a chance to move forward.”

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