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The European Parliament voted to grant amnesty to Edward Snowden, the former government official of the National Security Agency (NSA) of the US, which revealed deep monitoring programs of the US in 2013.

By 281 (from 285) voice EP recommended the 28 EU member states to “eliminate the criminal charges against Edward Snowden, providing him protection and therefore placing an obstacle to extradition or surrender of others, recognizing its status as a denouncer and international human rights defender.”

It is important to note that it is not legally binding vote, Snowdon can not immediately travel in EU countries. This vote simply opens the possibility for EU countries to amnesty, and also puts pressure on other countries that still want to pursue it (like the US) to accuse him of crimes.

Meanwhile all EU countries have an extradition agreement with the United States and as stated by The Daily Dot, countering this contract will be bold and shocking move. In his Twitter profile Snowden says:

The US government responded: “Our position has not changed. Mr. Snowden was accused of leaks of classified information and faces a felony here in the United States. As such, he must return to the US as soon as possible, where he will be granted full judicial process.”

We don’t know what the next move of Snowden will be, but most likely he will not take the risk to travel in the EU, at least for now. He lived in Russia for three years, where he was granted asylum.

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