EU Parliament Calls for Criminal Charges Against Edward Snowden to be Dropped

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In a 285 to 281 vote, the European Parliament has called on member states to drop criminal charges against Edward Snowden, saying he is an “international human rights defender” who must be protected as a whistleblower. In a statement, the Parliament asked that countries “grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties.”

Hearing reports EU just voted 285-281, overcoming huge pressure, to cancel all charges against me and prevent extradition. Game-changer.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 29, 2015

This is not a blow against the US Government, but an open hand extended by friends. It is a chance to move forward. pic.twitter.com/fBs5H32wyD
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) October 29, 2015

A very similar version of the vote was reportedly set to be tried last year, but ultimately could not be agreed on.

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SOURCE: The Verge, Colin Lecher