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Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 16:59 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours before Angela Merkel travels to Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama.

In a letter to members of a parliamentary committee obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung, government officials say a personal invitation for the US whistleblower would “run counter to the political interests of the Federal Republic”, and “put a grave and permanent strain” on US-German relations.

Given that tapping Merkels phone didn’t put “a grave and permanent strain” on the US-German relations, it makes you wonder what they’re afraid of.

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