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‘Grant Snowden French asylum’ petition gets 150,000 signatures

Published time: June 13, 2014 13:27
Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

Reuters/Tobias Schwarz

Over 150,000 French people have supported a petition urging President Francois Hollande to grant NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asylum in France after his refugee status expires in Russia in July.

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News magazine L’Express published a manifesto and petition on June 3, saying that “France, country of human rights and freedom of the press, has a particular obligation towards [him].”

“The Constitution states that any person persecuted for their actions in favor of freedom has the right of asylum on the republic’s territory,” the petition points out.

“We, intellectuals, philosophers, researchers, journalists, but before all active citizens, demand Francois Hollande, president of the republic, Manuel Valls, prime minister, Laurent Fabius, foreign minister, welcome [Snowden] as a political refugee without delay in France,” the petition states.

The petition has already been signed by dozens of celebrities, including ex-premier Michel Rocard, and urges Hollande and Valls to welcome Snowden “without delay, as a political refugee.”

However, Valls told BFM television on Friday that he does not favor the idea.

On Wednesday, in Berlin, the new campaign was launched to provide protection to whistleblowers like Edward Snowden who face persecution from governments, the Courage organization.

Watch RT's interview with security researcher Jacob Appelbaum at campaign launch

Snowden, who appeared at the launch via video link, said it was now up to the people to protect the world’s truth-tellers.

Edward Snowden, an IT specialist who leaked thousands of classified documents relating to American surveillance operations, currently granted temporary asylum in Russia. However, with his visa nearing an end, he has been seeking asylum in the EU and has also made a formal request to Brazil.

Snowden is charged by the USA with spying and stealing state documents.

Comments (48)

 

Thomas Rudder 17.06.2014 21:03

Is Snowdekoff no longer useful to Putin? On the other hand Patriotic Americans stand a better chance of getting him in France than in Russia.

Aft er a year in Moscow, we could assume all useful info has been extracted. Unless he is a Russian spy in which case his mission continues under the French tricolours.

 

daulman 16.06.2014 00:02

"I am Edward Snowden, "

&quo t;No, I am Edward Snowden"

" excuse me, but I am Edward Snowden".

 

Daniel Miller 14.06.2014 02:22

France, didn't you hear? Snowden wants to go to South America :p

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