The European Parliament has narrowly approved a resolution in favour of granting protection to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The resolution, which was passed by 285 votes to 281, calls on Member States to:
drop any criminal charges against Edward Snowden, grant him protection and consequently prevent extradition or rendition by third parties, in recognition of his status as whistle-blower and international human rights defender.
The vote will not have the effect of granting asylum to Snowden, as the resolution is not binding on Member States.
For more information, see: Mass surveillance: EU citizens’ rights still in danger, says Parliament – European Parliament News