EU rejects Edward Snowden asylum appeal

European parliament approved reports criticizing NSA spying but won't grant Edward Snowden asylum.

EU rejects Edward Snowden asylum appeal

World Bulletin / News Desk

The European parliament will not consider the Greens' proposed amendment to grant whistleblower Edward Snowden the right to asylum.

"The amendment asking for asylum won't go through... There was never going to be a realistic majority for that," British Labor parliamentarian Claude Moraes told the press Wednesday after the voting.

The parliament's Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Commission approved a 60-page draft report criticizing the National Security Agency's (NSA) illegal spying activities, but rejected the proposal on former NSA contractor Snowden.

Snowden, accused of treason by Washington, has leaked documents revealing that the U.S., in partnership with allies like the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, was eavesdropping on the telephone conversations of other countries, as well as keeping surveillance on internet activities.

After the leaks, relations between the U.S. and European countries became tense, with some countries demanding new intelligence agreements.

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