US whistleblower Edward Snowden seeks to extend Russia stay
Amnesty International spokespeople available for interview
As US Edward Snowden seeks to extend his stay in Russia, Amnesty International called for effective international protection for whistleblowers.
“Edward Snowden has been effectively punished to live in exile with no long-term security only for exposing serious abuses of power,” said Michael Bochenek, Senior Director for International Law and Policy at Amnesty International.
“It is high time for governments across the world to stop persecuting people whose only ‘crime’ is to bring to light information that is in the public interest.”
The former National Security Agency contractor’s one-year permit to stay in Russia is due to expire at the end of July.
Possible talking points:
· Persecution of whistleblowers globally, particularly in the USA.
· Right to privacy.
· NSA surveillance programme.
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