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Anti-Surveillance Hero Edward Snowden May Testify Before European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

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Der Spiegel

The Guardian today is reporting that various members of the European Parliament are working to arrange for video testimony from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden before that body's committee on civil liberties, justice and home affairs. From The Guardian:

The LIBE committee would most likely want questions on what role other European information services played in data gathering for the NSA, and whether servers and data networks in the EU were used as part of the process…

European parliament sources considered it likely committee members would vote in favour of a Snowden hearing, with the only vocal opposition from British Tory MEPs…

Sarah Ludford, the Lib Dem MEP, said: "Edward Snowden's revelations merit serious debate on whether the intelligence services are out of control. But if Snowden's video appearance is to be more than a high-profile stunt, it is essential that he is asked the right questions, including whether he had any other motivation than the public interest.

"We also need to get testimony from the intelligence chiefs responsible if we are to give European citizens the answers they deserve."

After President Obama pardons Snowden, perhaps he could testify about the constitutional abuses of national security surveillance in the U.S. before the judiciary and intelligence committees in both Houses of Congress.