The European Parliament narrowly adopted a nonbinding forceful resolution urging the 28 nations of the European Union to recognise Edward Snowden as a “whistle-blower and international human rights defender” who should not be prosecuted.
The resolution has no legal force and limited practical effect for Snowden, who is living in Tsar Putin’s Russia on a three-year residency permit.
The decision to grant Snowden asylum remains a decision for the individual European governments, and none have done so thus far, because it would mean miffing the United States which wants to hang Snowden from a convent tree for treason.
For those who came in late, Snowden revealed the extent of the US’s spying on humanity and that it was even snooping on its own allies.
Many Europeans sympathise with Snowden and hate the eavesdropping and wiretapping by the United States and its British and Canadian chums.
The resolution calls on European Union members to “drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.”
Four Latin American nations have offered him permanent asylum, but he does not believe he could travel from Russia to those countries without running the risk of arrest and extradition to the United States.
The White House, immediately criticised the resolution.
“Snowden is accused of leaking classified information and faces felony charges here in the United States. As such, he should be returned to the US as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process.”
We think that means it already has decided on the tree and the type of rope it would use on the noose.