Europe Drops Charges Against Edward Snowden, Offers Asylum And Protection

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John Vibes | The Free Thought Project

The European Parliament voted to offer Edward Snowden asylum and protection and drop all criminal charges against him.

When at one time most of the world was bullied by the US government into pressing charges against Snowden and forcing him into exile, the entire European continent has now officially given him a pass.




Thursday’s 285 – 281 vote officially recognized Snowden as an “international human rights defender” and ensured that he would be free from arrest within European borders.


The final resolution mentioned that “too little has been done to safeguard citizens’ fundamental rights following revelations of electronic mass surveillance.”

Snowden is currently living in asylum in Russia and is wanted in the United States for charges under the federal Espionage Act, but Russia has declined to extradite him.

He has been unable to leave due to the fear of being kidnapped by the US military when he left the country, but now it may be possible for him to travel to Europe.

Snowden posted on his Twitter page that this could be a good sign of a shift in attitude towards his cause.

Earlier this year, it was reported that a federal appeals court ruled that the controversial NSA spy program which collects phone records is actually illegal.

Snowden recently joined Twitter, making himself more visible and approachable to the general population than ever before.

Within a day of opening his first social media account since leaking information about the NSA spy program, Snowden gained over one million subscribers.

However, there was only one account that he decided to follow, the NSA.

The whistleblower’s first tweet read, “Can you hear me now?




John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

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  • PhoenicianRomans

    Great – now, if Europe can cease deporting ANY felons back to the US on the grounds that they cannot be guaranteed freedom from informal torture, perhaps Americans might notice.

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  • nordicmind

    “Europe”… Is this a parody? Is “Filming Cops” trying to act satirically stupid, or are they just extremely ethnocentric Americans that really don’t understand what The European Parliament is at all? The Swedish government did as most countries and laughed at the mild suggestion from the EU board. Sad as fuck, but still fact. “and ensured that he would be free from arrest within European borders.” Yeah, just like when the Whole Food in Briarcliff, Atlanta suggested that maybe LSD should be legal and now you can trade with it freely and openly all over the US, Canada and Mexico. “the entire European continent has now officially given him a pass.” Yes. Exactly like that time when Khloé Kardashian said that she thinks Kim should give her the remote to the TV and now EVERYONE in all of the Americas must send their remote to Khloé. It’s the law! No. No, this is not at all what was decided, and no, this is not all all how anything works. Do your homework.

    (PS: I personally agree 100% with the European Parliament and the Right Livelihood Award on this and think it is rather evident that Snowden should have political asylum. Sadly it is not at all up to any of them or me. DS.)

    • June

      Terrible analogies man. I find it difficult to understand your grasp on the situation.

  • redking

    The headline is wrong. If Snowden enters the EU he will be arrested and sent to the USA. The EU parliament vote is not binding, and hasn’t been adopted by any member.