Politician Calls on Sweden to Grant Asylum to Snowden

Edward Snowden should be granted asylum in Sweden says one Swedish politician, who has criticized other EU countries for not doing so.


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Valter Mutt, foreign affairs spokesperson for Sweden’s Green Party, commended Snowden as a “hero” in a Swedish TV interview and said that it was a disgrace that no EU country would offer asylum. Snowden is currently in Russia, where he recently renewed his asylum for a number of years.

“It’s a disgrace, not only for Sweden but for the whole of the European Union, that Vladimir Putin, a democratic questionable leader is the only one that grants a hero like Snowden asylum,” he said, according to The Local.

Mutt’s colleague and leader of the Greens, Gustav Fridolin, who is in a coalition government with Social Democrats, said that granting asylum was not a matter for the government and is the responsibility of the courts.

Mutt has some backing though, including diplomat Pierre Schori supporting his call. Schori said it has legal precedence as Sweden previously offered asylum to US soldiers that fled Vietnam. “We offered them temporary asylum on humanitarian basis. We could do the same with Snowden,” he said.

Snowden is being honored in Sweden today with Sweden’s Right Livelihood Award, a sort of ‘alternative Nobel’ prize. He of course won’t be in attendance.