Snowden Says He Hopes France Will Grant Him Asylum

FILE PHOTO - Edward Snowden speaks via video link as he takes part in a round table on the protection of whistleblowers at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

Former U.S spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes France will grant him asylum, according to a France Inter radio interview to be broadcast on Monday.

In excerpts made available on the French radio station’s Twitter account, Snowden says he would “love to see” French President Emmanuel Macron make a gesture enabling him to live in the country.

It was not immediately clear when or where the interview took place.

Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013 after he revealed details of secret surveillance programs by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Many civil rights activists see him as a hero, but at home in the United States authorities want him to stand trial for espionage.

(Reporting by Matthias Blamont ; Editing by William Maclean)


  1. Phyllis:

    This is a 1st person account of how Judge Leonie Brinkema works. Start around 5:40.

    https :// youtu dot be /NrVWeA2QmWk

    Yes, I pinged one of your comments, but it is copied in another comment, so nothing of yours is lost.

  2. Even though we supposedly “protect” whistleblowers, if you work for the government, it doesn’t really happen so I don’t blame him at all for not wanting to return. Just look at the whistleblowr at CDC. Absolutely nothing has come of it except for CDC being able to get the court to put him under a gag order. He has evidence that the CDC destroyed evidence, a federal offense, but no one is interested in hearing about it because it exposes CDC being ruled by pharma. So no, gov workers are definitely treated differently.

  3. Macron, you have problems of your own close to home – to make an enemy of your biggest ally would give your political opponents leverage as well as it being irrational.

  4. “IF Snowden believed what he did was a legal act, WHY do you perceive he fled the country?” Phyllis

    You are confused, Phyllis.

    I am pretty certain that he did break the law. However, he is ALSO a whistleblower and they are SUPPOSED to have legal protections. He will never be protected under Obama’s administration, King Donald The Loser’s administration, and maybe even the next administration.

    So, until he can get a FAIR legal hearing, I fully support him staying away. He certainly won’t get a FAIR hearing in the current environment facing Judge Leonie Brinkema. Not a chance.

  5. He needs to stand trial for his actions instead of receive asylum.

    1. Why? I am confused.

      As a whistleblower, he should be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act, 1989, for exposing illegal surveillance of U.S. citizens.

  6. Interesting choice of France for his next asylum spot. Are there Taco Bell’s in France? If Putin has not turned him over in 6 yrs, why would he wish to leave? In a Guardian interview Snowden related his life as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, ballet and museums, and communicating via internet late into the night. He got married in a Russia courthouse. If his is proud and pleased with his actions, why not accept the consequences of them?

    1. The Russian’s got everything that they wanted from him and he’s now just costly excess baggage…

  7. “Many civil rights activists see him as a hero, but at home in the United States authorities want him to stand trial for espionage.”

    No, he won’t. He won’t get as far as a real trial. Judge Leonie Brinkema makes sure of that.

    Don’t be confused about this “judge”. She gets all national security cases such as Julian Assange would get, if he ever lands on our shores, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, etc., will all get railroaded by Judge Leonie Brinkema. If your lawyer even attemps to present evidence, she dismisses it without even looking at it. Do Not Pass Go, Go Straight To Jail card. She makes sure that no evidence will ever be presented in court. You sign an agreement of guilt because she leaves you no other choice.

    Trial my ass.

    1. IF Snowden believed what he did was a legal act, WHY do you perceive he fled the country?

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