There is a widespread misinterpretation of what the European Parliament had to say about the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden last week.
The EP did not grant Snowden asylum. It can’t. This is what was decided:
2. Calls on the EU Member States to drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistleblower and international human rights defender;
In the EU, only member states can grant him asylum or other forms of sanctuary. And they rather not.
So, it’s up to us.
If you live in an EU member state, you must try to influence your government to do the right thing.
You will have to start petitions, set up Facebook groups, hold rallies, write to politicians and increase the political pressure in your country. That’s the only way to move this matter forward.
Edward Snowden exposed global mass surveillance. He showed the world that politicians do not trust the people. He revealed that our political leaders and their functionaries do not care about human and civil rights.
Edward Snowden is a hero. And he should be treated as one.
But to make that happen, you must get involved.