The European Parliament has called on EU member states to drop all criminal charges against Edward Snowden and protect him against extradition to the United States.
MEPs voted 285 votes to 281 in favour of a resolution that the NSA whistleblower should be allowed to seek safe asylum in the EU.
The resolution, which isn’t binding, is nonetheless a strong signal from MEP’s that EU member states should grant Snowden protection.
MEPs voting in favour of the measures described Snowden as a “human rights defender” and urged member states to “drop any criminal charges” against him.
Member states should “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”, according to MEPs who votes in favour.
On Twitter, Snowden said the vote was a “game-changer”. The former NSA contractor has been living in exile in Moscow since June 2013.
More to follow.