MEPs reject Snowden asylum call

MEPs reject Snowden asylum call

MEPs have voted against calling on EU member states to grant asylum to the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

They have passed a series of measures calling for greater civil liberties across the EU, but voted against explicitly including the American whistleblower in that list.

Mr Snowden has been granted asylum in Russia until August, but has said he wants to move to a country which he sees as "democratic".

The Irish government has previously said it will not consider offering asylum to Mr Snowden unless he is able to travel to Ireland and make a personal application.

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