Edward Snowden prepared to testify in Angela Merkel phone tapping inquiry
German politician holds a meeting with the former NSA employee in Russia
Edward Snowden has said he is willing to visit Germany to help investigate the alleged US surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German politician Hans-Christian Stroebele, who is widely regarded as a political maverick, met with the American fugitive and former US spy agency contractor in Moscow on 31 October.
He told the country’s broadcaster ARD that it was clear Snowden “ knew a lot” and was prepared to share details of their meeting and a letter addressed to the German government and chief federal prosecutor.
The pair appeared in a photo on Stroebele’s Twitter account and ARD showed images of them shaking hands before their three-hour long meeting.
"He made it clear he knows a lot and that as long as the National Security Agency (NSA) blocks investigations, he is prepared to come to Germany and give testimony, but the conditions must be discussed," said Stroebele.
The 74-year-old sits on the German parliament’s control committee, which monitors the work of intelligence agencies.
His trip came a day after top security officials from allied countries met in Washington to try and ease tensions sparked by reports that the NSA monitored Merkel’s mobile phone.
On 18 November, the German parliament will hold a session to discuss the tapping by the organisation where Snowden worked. Stroebele’s Greens and the socialist Left party have demanded a public inquiry into the revelations and are calling for statements from witnesses, including Snowden.
The American has been living in Russia since President Vladimir Putin rejected US pleas to send him home to face charges including espionage. In early August, Mr Putin instead granted the fugitive temporary asylum with possible annual extensions.
Stroebele said Snowden could give evidence from Moscow, while Gregor Gysi, leader of the Left, said Germany should protect Snowden using its witness protection scheme so he could speak before the committee.
However, Putin has repeatedly said Russia would only offer Snowden shelter if he stopped harming the US, presenting Snowden with a problem if he is to speak to any German parliamentary inquiry.
The meeting was Snowden's first known encounter with a foreign politician, and his first with any specific foreigner other than his father and a group of former US national security officials he met in early October.
tvSteven Moffat reveals the actor was dying to take on the role of the Time Lord and says he is excited to see what he will do with the character
The ten coldest places on Earth
Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana trade
Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela memorial: Cheers, jeers and a masterclass from Barack Obama that stole the show
- 1 Mountain goats' miraculous escape from avalanche captured in dramatic video footage
- 2 It’s shameful that our universities have accepted gender segregation under pressure from the most oppressive religious fanatics
- 3 Sir Ian McKellen hits back at Damian Lewis' 'fruity actor' claims
- 4 Kenyan politician Mike Sonko left red-faced after photoshopping himself next to Nelson Mandela
- 5 Selfie at funeral: Cameron squeezes in on Obama snap at Mandela memorial
- < Previous
- Next >
£21000 - £27000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...
£39000 - £43000 per annum: Pro-Recruitment Group: A well-renowned London based...
£450 - £535 per day: PCR Recruitment Limited: Android Developer - West London ...
£25000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client are currently se...