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Germany: W. Europe did little to protect Snowden - lawyer01:36

Germany: W. Europe did little to protect Snowden - lawyer

Germany, Berlin
July 7, 2014 at 20:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Wolfgang Kaleck, the lawyer of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, gave a press conference at Berlin's Magnus-Haus on Monday, stating that his client has temporary asylum in Russia until the end of July 2014 and that he sees no reason why the time period should not be extended.

Expressing his hope that Germany and other European countries play a "different role" over the coming years in regards to the treatment of whistleblowers, Kaleck also suggested Western European countries have "profited" from the Snowden disclosures but did little to protect and "respect" the whistleblower.

The German lawyer added that Snowden would like to return to his native USA, where his family live, but if this were not possible, his next residence could be a "third" country which is not necessarily in Western Europe.

Germany: W. Europe did little to protect Snowden - lawyer01:36
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Wolfgang Kaleck, the lawyer of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, gave a press conference at Berlin's Magnus-Haus on Monday, stating that his client has temporary asylum in Russia until the end of July 2014 and that he sees no reason why the time period should not be extended.

Expressing his hope that Germany and other European countries play a "different role" over the coming years in regards to the treatment of whistleblowers, Kaleck also suggested Western European countries have "profited" from the Snowden disclosures but did little to protect and "respect" the whistleblower.

The German lawyer added that Snowden would like to return to his native USA, where his family live, but if this were not possible, his next residence could be a "third" country which is not necessarily in Western Europe.

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