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EU votes to give Snowden asylum

EU votes to give Snowden asylum
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Fugitive NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's stay in Moscow might soon come to an end. The European Union voted by a slim margin, 285-281, to "drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender."

The official statement from European Parliament calls Snowden an "international human rights defender" and the ruling means he could soon be free to travel outside of Russia and into other parts of Europe, without sparking an international incident.

It's a big win for Snowden, who posted his reactions on his official Twitter page:

@Snowden: Hearing reports EU just voted 285-281, overcoming huge pressure, to cancel all charges against me and prevent extradition. Game-changer.

@Snowden: Extraordinary. Reports appear to be true.

@Snowden: This is not a blow against the US Government, but an open hand extended by friends. It is a chance to move forward.

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Source: Wired
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