Wednesday, 20 November, 2019

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

Edward Snowden, Currently in Russia, Says He'd 'Love to Be Granted Asylum in France' Snowden calls on France's Macron to grant him asylum Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward
Patty Aguilar | 19 September, 2019, 14:04

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.

Snowden, now living in Russian Federation to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in an interview broadcast Monday on France's Inter radio that "protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act" and that he feels entitled to get protected status in France.

Snowden now considers himself a privacy advocate and is promoting his new memoir, Permanent Record about his life and what motivated him to leak the documents in 2013. "That is the supreme aim".

"They won't provide access to what's called a public interest defense", Snowden said.

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Snowden, who as soon as worked for the Central Intelligence Agency apart from to the NSA, has been dwelling in Russian Federation since leaking thousands of categorised paperwork to the press in 2013 which revealed the scope of USA authorities surveillance after 9/11. Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act.

Talking to CBS, Snowden stated he was "not asking for a parade".

"I'm not soliciting for a pardon". Donald Trump strikes me like nothing so much as a man who has never really known a love that he hasn't had to pay for. "What does it say about ourselves when the only place where an American dissident can't be hurt is from places that we wouldn't expect", he said.

"The federal government desires to have a distinct sort of trial", he said. "They must issue particular procedures, they need as a method to terminate the court docket, they need the public not as a method to lunge, know what's going on". They don't want the jury to be able to consider that at all. Did it revenue us or did it situation off concern? "We do not need folks thrown in jail with out the jury having the ability to determine that what they did was proper or incorrect". They want the jury strictly to consider whether these actions were lawful or unlawful, not whether they were right or wrong.

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