The European Parliament has passed a resolution urging its member states to offer protection to former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. That would mean dropping all charges against the whistleblower and shielding him from extradition to the United States.
The MEPs — made up of representatives from the 28 constituent European Union states — voted to urge the EU Commission to grant protection to Edward Snowden as a “human rights defender.”
They also urged the EU Commission to ensure that all data transfers between them and the US are subjected to an “effective level of protection,” especially looking at the concerns about surveillance laws in many EU countries.
The said resolution got a huge response and got approved with 342 votes to 274, with 29 members being absent.
The MEPs also voted for the EU member states to drop any criminal charges against Snowden and it was decided that Snowden should be granted protection and any extradition or rendition attempt made by third parties should be prevented.
Snowden has been living in Russia, where he was granted asylum after leaking top-secret documents about surveillance.