A German lawmaker who met with Edward Snowden said on Friday that the whistleblower is no ‘enemy of America’ and would be willing to testify in front of the United States Congress, CNN reported.
Hans-Christian Stroebele, a member of the German parliament spoke in favor of Snowden, and suggested that Snowden testify before German lawmakers in support of claims that the NSA has been tapping German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. Snowden has expressed interest in traveling to Germany to provide a testimony, but would only do so if received assurances that he would not be deported to the United States. Snowden’s attorney, Anatoly Kucherena has told reporters that his client will not be leaving Russia anytime soon.
Snowden has been living in Moscow since June after Russia offered him asylum for one year. While many have argued that Snowden’s unprecedented release of classified information is detrimental to the United States and its counterterrorism efforts, a spokesman for Vladmir Putin told the Los Angeles Times that Russia will not allow Snowden to do anything that could harm the U.S. while he is in Russia. Dmitry Peskov revealed that
While he is here no one will allow him to indulge in any activities aimed against the United States. At the same time he is free to meet with whoever and whenever he wants.”
Snowden also made headlines this past week when it was announced that he would be going to work for a major Russian website. However, the name of Snowden’s new employer has not been revealed due to “security reasons.”
Snowden is currently facing charges of espionage and theft of government property in the United States after he revealed information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance networks. Snowden has defended his actions, saying that people around the world deserve to know the extent of the U.S. government’s spying operations and “speaking truth is not a crime.”