France's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wants asylum in France

Share this article

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden wants asylum in France
Edward Snowden takes part in a round table at the Council of Europe in March. Photo: Frederik Florin / AFP
17:51 CEST+02:00
Whistleblower Edward Snowden, living in Russia since leaking a trove of classified documents showing the scope of post-9/11 US government surveillance, wants to claim asylum in France.
Recalling he had already applied for French asylum in 2013 under former president Francois Hollande, Snowden, whose memoirs "Permanent Record" are published next Tuesday, told France Inter radio on Saturday that he hoped President Emmanuel Macron would grant him that right.
   
"The saddest thing of this whole story is that the only place an American whistleblower has the chance to be heard is not in Europe but here (in Russia)," Snowden said in a trailer of the interview to be broadcast in its entirety on Monday.
   
To date, more than a dozen countries have turned down requests to take in the 36-year-old, leading him to question their reasoning and "the system we live in".
   
"Protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act," he said.
   
Snowden's memoirs are to be published in some 20 countries.
   
Snowden once worked for the CIA in addition to the National Security Agency but has been living in Russia since his 2013 megaleak.
   
Though praised as a whistleblower and a privacy advocate by his defenders, the United States accuses him of endangering national security and espionage charges could send him to prison for decades.
   
In a video on his Twitter account, Snowden said last week that "everything that we do now lasts forever, not because we want to remember but because we're no longer allowed to forget".
   
"Helping to create that system is my greatest regret," he said. 
 
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

 

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Boggy - 15 Sep 2019 08:06
Sod off but knowing what Macron is like, he will be granted it.
Jim D - 16 Sep 2019 02:56
Hope he gets asylum. And settles in France like Joachim Peiper, birds of a feather.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.