Greens call centre-right and socialist Europe cowards over Snowden
The European Parliament’s civil liberties committee voted today on its report into the ‘NSA scandal’. It is, as so often in politics, a curate’s egg of a result. The report itself was approved. Jan Philipp Albrecht comments,
Aspects of the final report were… positive however, notably the call for the suspension of the ‘Safe Harbour’ decision, which facilitates the transfer of EU citizens’ data to US authorities by private operators. This is a legitimate response to the mass surveillance of EU citizens by the NSA and the lack of recourse for EU citizens in the US.
But he was disappointed in the rejection of a Green amendment that called “on EU Member States to drop criminal charges, if any, against Edward Snowden and to offer him protection from prosecution, extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender.” Albrecht attacked this failure, and promised to fight on.
Centre-right and socialist MEPs have voted to leave whistleblower Edward Snowden in the lurch by rejecting an amendment calling for Snowden to be granted protection in the EU. Edward Snowden’s brave revelations have provided the basis for this inquiry and failing to recognise this vital contribution by calling for his protection is a display of cowardice, which is borne out of a desire not to offend the US. This is a cop-out.