Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor turned leaker and whistleblower, won’t be able to travel to Germany to testify about NSA surveillance, according to a report from The Guardian.
Snowden asked for asylum in Germany last summer, but his application was rejected because he didn’t file it from German soil. Theoretically, a trip to Germany could have been a second chance to file an application. But plans for the trip broke down, with sharp disagreement among German political parties about the propriety of allowing Snowden into the country.
Unnamed government officials wrote a letter to the parliamentary committee that invited Snowden, saying that the invitation would “run counter to the political interests of the Federal Republic” and “put a grave and permanent strain” on relations between the US and Germany. The letter was obtained and published by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest newspaper.
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