Edward Snowden May Speak With European Parliament

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Edward Snowden may be scheduled to testify before members of the European Parliament, Deutsche Welle reports. The whistleblower’s session before a committee via videoconferencing technology could take place as early as later this month, and it would provide European lawmakers a chance to question Snowden about American surveillance practices on the European continent.

Tension between the United States and the European Union over the activities of the National Security Agency. The NSA’s extensive surveillance program has come under fire for infringing the civil liberties not only of Americans, but of those across the globe. That includes European users of American companies such as Google and Facebook, European intelligence services, and, embarrassingly, German chancellor Angela Merkel, whose personal cell phone was revealed to have been under observation by the NSA.

Snowden himself, the person responsible for bringing American intelligence operations into the public view and for making “PRISM” a household term, has been hiding out in Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum after spending time in limbo in the Moscow airport. Snowden, who is facing several charges by U.S. authorities, has no immediate plans to leave the country, making appearances hard to schedule.

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