Guaranteed safety, Snowden to testify in Switzerland against the NSA

News by Ava Fedorov

American whistleblower, Edward Snowden, is likely to be guaranteed safety on Swiss soil, should he testify against the NSA's espionage activities, according to Switzerland's Attorney General in a document released this week entitled “What rules are to be followed if Edward Snowden is brought to Switzerland and then the United States makes an extradition request.” The document states that because of the specifically political nature of Snowden's actions, Switzerland is not bound to extradite him as US citizen wanted for treason.

In reaction to this news, Snowden's lawyer, Marcel Bosonnet, commented that “the legal requirements for safety are met,” and he is “pleased with the Attorney General's conclusions.” Snowden, who has already demonstrated willingness to testify, might also qualify for refugee status in Switzerland, according to internet sources. Immigration rights activist, Sarah Progin-Theuerkauf, told Swiss reporters that “there is evidence that Edward Snowden meets the criteria of refugee status under the Geneva Convention and therefore should be granted asylum.”

As a whole, Switzerland seems poised to welcome Snowden with open arms, eager to learn the truth surrounding the US government's spying activities. “We must now move forward,” announced SVP National Luzi Stamm, “so that Snowden can travel to Switzerland as a witness as soon as possible.”

Last week, in an online chat Snowden said that though he wishes to return to the US, it is “not possible in the face of current whistle-blower protection laws." Simultaneously, US Attorney General, Eric Holder was quoted as saying that should Snowden want to come back to the United States and enter a plea, “we would engage with his lawyers." Though he qualified that "clemency isn't something that we (are) willing to consider."


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