Edward Snowden

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September 16, 2019 Edward Snowden would like France to grant him political asylum. He stated this in an interview with radio Franceinter, which released it in full.

"I asked for asylum in France in 2013 under François Hollande," recalled Snowden, adding that "I would like Emmanuel Macron to grant me the right to asylum". The former NSA contractor, which in 2013 revealed the existence of a surveillance system on the internet created by the United States and Great Britain, said it hoped that France would not become "like those countries that you do not like". Snowden said he was sorry that "the only place where an American who launches alerts" is free to speak is not Europe but Russia.

Competence of Opfra
The hypothesis of granting political asylum in Snowden was welcomed by Nathalie Loiseau, former leader of the European list of the "Renaissance" list and very close to Emmanuel Macron. "I would be delighted if it were in Europe," Loiseau said, again on Franceinter. "Edward Snowden is someone who has rendered a service to humanity. Someone who has shown us, evidence in hand, that there was an extremely large surveillance system, which worked with companies willing to provide personal data without the knowledge of their own "users. The European MEP specified that in any case the granting of asylum status is the responsibility of the OFPRA, the French refugee protection office, defined as "an independent agency".

Request also from Germany
Edward Snowden a few days ago had advanced the same hypothesis of an asylum request to Germany. "I believe that anyone who looks at this story in a more or less objective way will be able to recognize that if Germany were to welcome me it would no longer be taken with a hostile act against the US," the former 'whistleblower' said in an interview to Welt, and explained that currently "European governments are afraid of me", while asylum in an EU country "would mean that Europe can stand on the side of Europe even when it does not represent its values". However,

Return to home?
The former agent believes that it is "increasingly likely that he may return home one day," he told Spiegel instead. According to Snowden, the accusation that he put security at risk
national "collapsed on itself". The former whistleblower, speaking with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Snowden also stated that "what we see today is a new rise of authoritarianism:
connected with new surveillance systems and this is a very dangerous development ".

Outgoing autobiography
On September 17, in about 20 countries, including Italy, the memoir of Edward Snowden will be released. Former CIA technician and until 10 June 2013, collaborator of Booz Allen Hamilton (a computer technology consultant company to the NSA, the US National Security Agency), his name came to the fore in 2013 for having publicly disclosed details of several top- programs secret of mass surveillance of the US and British governments. His escape, once he had left Hong Kong, ended in Moscow after US authorities had canceled his passport while he was on his way to South America. Snowden, after 40 days at the airport in Moscow, was granted asylum in Russia, currently extended to to 2020.

Permanent Record '(' Personal file ') is the English title of Snowden's autobiography, in Italian entitled' System error '. A book destined to be discussed, whose rights have been sold in 20 countries and already optioned for film adaptation.