Germany’s Highest Court Rejects Attempts To Allow Edward Snowden Into Germany

Germany’s Highest Court Rejects Attempts To Allow Edward Snowden Into Germany

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Kate Connolly, writing in the December 12, 2014 edition of the London newspaper, TheGuardian, says that “attempts by opposition parties in Germany to bring [U.S. fugitive] Edward Snowden to Berlin to give evidence about NSA’s operations — have been thwarted by the country’s highest court. Germany’s “Green and Left parties wanted the whistleblower [leaker] to give evidence — in person — to a German parliamentary committee investigating espionage by the U.S. agency; but, Germany’s constitutional court ruled [today] Friday. Lawyers on behalf of the German government, successfully argued that “Snowden’s presence in Germany could impair relations with the United States; and, put pressure on Berlin to extradite him.”

Lawyers, and others have urged Berlin to send the investigating committee to Moscow to interview Mr. Snowden there; but, the U.S. fugitive has previously said he would only talk to the German committee in person — in Germany.

Mr. Snowden is likely in for some interesting times in Russia. Moscow is heavily dependent on revenues from the sale of oil — between 30 percent – 40 percent of the country’s yearly net GDP. If oil were to stay at these depressed levels, below $60 per barrel, Putin and his government could find themselves in turmoil; and perhaps even fall victim to a purge or coup. V/R, RCP.

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