I told you yesterday about the leaked files showing that the NSA wiretapped three French presidents since 1995. France is understandably upset, what with being an ally and all.
Now it looks like it might have found a symbolic gesture to show its displeasure. French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has suggested that France might be willing to offer asylum to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Edward Snowden, you may remember, was an NSA contractor who stole and released a huge amount of NSA classified files. These are the same files that exposed the extent of the NSA's data collection policies. Snowden is currently in Moscow with temporary asylum.
Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, which hosts leaked classified documents from countries around the world, including the U.S. He's stuck in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London so he won't be extradited to Sweden on a sexual assault charge. His worry is that Sweden might extradite him to the U.S.
Minister Taubira doesn't actually have the authority to grant asylum, but given the current outrage in France, the French president, prime minister and foreign minister might go along with the idea.
Do you think this would be a smart move for France? Let me know in the comments.