Campaign Launched to Restore NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden's U.S. Passport

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Posted Nov. 6, 2013

Interview with Norman Solomon, author and activist, conducted by Scott Harris

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The latest revelations from documents collected by former NSA contractor turned whistleblower, Edward Snowden, include allegations that the U.S. National Security Agency had conducted surveillance on millions of Europeans in France, Germany and Spain, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone.

While not denying the monitoring of Chancellor Merkel’s mobile phone, the director of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, denied that the U.S. had conducted surveillance in Europe. He instead maintained at a recent congressional hearing that records of European phone and Internet communication had been provided to the U.S. by allied intelligence agencies. That claim was supported by documents leaked by Edward Snowden that spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands had been developing surveillance capabilities in cooperation with Great Britain.

As the public in many European nations are demanding answers, Hans-Christian Ströbele, a member of the German Parliament traveled to Moscow on Oct. 31 to meet with Edward Snowden, who has resided there since Russia granted him temporary asylum in August. Ströbele and Georg Mascolo, a former editor-in-chief with Der Spiegel magazine, discussed the possibility of arranging for Snowden to testify before a German parliamentary committee hearing on the details of NSA surveillance in Europe. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Norman Solomon, author, activist and co-founder of the group RootsAction.org. Here, Solomon discusses the significance of the latest NSA surveillance revelations and the campaign his group is organizing to restore Edward Snowden’s U.S. passport.

Norman Solomon, is a former California congressional candidate, co-founder of RootsAction.org and author of “War Made Easy, How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning us to Death.” Find links to Solomon’s recent articles at normonsolomon.com.

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