Last month American whistle-blower Edward Snowden was granted another 3 years extension to his stay in Russia, much to the frustration of the U.S. government. But it appears Mr. Snowden may in fact have a few options to choose from.
Swiss news agency Sonntags Zeitung reported this week that Switzerland will most likely guarantee safe entry to Snowden, as well as Swiss residency in exchange for his testimony regarding the illegal surveillance done by America’s National Security Agency. Switzerland’s Attorney General said that they would not extradite a US citizen if that person’s actions constitute a political offence, or if the request for extradition was politically motivated.
In June of 2013, Snowden leaked documents about the US National Security Agency spying on innocent citizens and foreign officials. Since Snowden exposed this unregulated surveillance, global outrage spread to the over 60 countries currently under being surveilled by the U.S. and U.K.
Last year, Clare Daly addressed the Taoseach in the Dáil regarding Snowden’s application for asylum in Ireland. She called Snowden an international hero who, like Chelsea Manning, is being persecuted by the U.S. government for releasing important information in the interest of the global public. Clare pointed out that when Ireland joined the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Tánaiste called for Ireland to take an active role in the promotion and protection of human rights world-wide. But more than a year later, the Taoseach has made no moves to offer support to Mr. Snowden. In fact, the Taoseach spoke significantly longer in the Dáil about Garth Brooks last July than he ever did on Snowden’s very dangerous situation.
Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Prize. The winner will be announced in December.