Four video clips of Edward Snowden meeting German parliamentarian Hans-Christian Stroebele have just been released by WikiLeaks.
Green Party MP Stroebele is a member of the parliamentary committee that oversees German intelligence. He met Edward Snowden in Moscow on 30 October with an invitation to give testimony about the work of US intelligence agencies in Germany. At the meeting, Edward Snowden signed a letter stating that he would be happy to give evidence to such an enquiry, should circumstances permit.
In response to this news, German lawmakers from several political parties have gone further and called for the country to make Edward Snowden a formal offer of asylum. This week’s issue of Der Spiegel makes the call explictly on its front page.
The revelations made possible by Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing have had a particularly significant impact in Germany. This summer, demonstrations were held in 40 cities across the country against German complicity in NSA programmes.
In the past month, the news that Angela Merkel’s mobile phone had been monitored resulted in the German Chancellor remonstrating personally with Barack Obama, leading Secretary of State John Kerry to acknowledge that the NSA had gone too far in its spying on allies.
This week Germany, along with Brazil, presented a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly condemning exessive surveillance and calling for more effective national oversight.
Watch the videos here: http://wikileaks.org/Video-Snowden-meets-with-German-MP.html
Videomaterial vom Treffen mit Edward Snowden, 3 November 2013 in Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)
Edward Snowden letter to German government in full, 1 November 2013 in the Guardian
Edward Snowden: Politiker und Prominente wollen Asyl für Whistleblower, 3 November 2013 in Der Spiegel (in German)
Thousands fill German streets to protest Berlin’s NSA spying involvement, 27 July 2013, RT
Brazil and Germany draft anti-spy resolution at UN, 2 November 2013, BBC