MP wants to grant Snowden asylum in Iceland

Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden. Photo: AFP

An Icelandic MP has renewed calls for the country to intervene in favour of world-famous whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

A resolution was proposed early on in the current parliament to grant Snowden, who is wanted by the United States on charges of unauthorised disclosure of national defense information, Icelandic citizenship. The proposal was rejected by MPs.

The issue was raised again in the Icelandic parliament (‘Alþingi’) by Róbert Marshall, MP for the Bright Future party, yesterday.

“Let’s discuss Edwards Snowden’s case in Alþingi again,” he told fellow MPs. “He disclosed information on matters concerning the whole world. Let’s grant him asylum in Iceland. Let’s be the land of transparency, civil rights and democratic procedure.”

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Róbert Marshall MP.

Róbert Marshall MP. mbl.is/Eggert Jóhannesson

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