Fri, 05 Jul 2013 04:30:00 GMT | By PTI

Iceland lawmakers discuss citizenship for Snowden

Ogmundur Jonasson, whose liberal Left-Green Party is backing the proposal along with the Pirate Party and Brighter Future Party, put the issue before the Judicial Affairs Committee, but the idea received minimal support


Iceland lawmakers discuss citizenship for Snowden (© Reuters)

Reykjavik (Iceland): Icelandic lawmakers have introduced a proposal in Parliament to grant immediate citizenship to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who admits to revealing key details of US surveillance activities.

Ogmundur Jonasson, whose liberal Left-Green Party is backing the proposal along with the Pirate Party and Brighter Future Party, put the issue before the Judicial Affairs Committee, but the idea received minimal support. Snowden is believed to be stuck in a Moscow airport transit area, seeking asylum from more than a dozen countries.

At one point, he told the Guardian newspaper that he was inclined to seek asylum in a country that shared his values, and that “the nation that most encompasses this is Iceland.” But to apply for asylum in Iceland, Snowden would have to reach the island nation’s soil.

Granting Snowden immediate citizenship would circumvent that issue.

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