Iceland Congress puts forward bill to grant Snowden citizenship

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One day before members of the Icelandic Parliament are due to break for summer vacation, leaders of three political parties have submitted a special piece of legislation which would make NSA whistleblower and fugitive, Edward Snowden, a citizen of Iceland.

The issue was raised this morning by MP Ögmundur Jónasson, which could be decided before the weekend.

Some are worried that this bill could be delayed by a piece of fisheries legislation which is also up for vote this Friday.

Although the bill is being backed by three parties: Brighter Future, Piran (Pirate Party) and the Green Party, there is still a possibility that the Snowden bill could be stopped by the current ruling coalition of the Conservative and Moderate parties.

Many will speculate that if such a veto does occur, whether or not Iceland’s executive would do so under extenuating pressure from Washington DC, who has already been accused my the international community this week of applying political pressure on France and Portugal to deny the Bolivian Presidential Jet access through their airspace over accusations that Ed Snowden was being smuggled on board – a move which forced Evo Morales to ground his flight in Vienna in order to reassess his route back to South America

Iceland is also the home of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, who have recently taken control of the public media relations, as well as setting up intermediary legal channels for Ed Snowden.

According to Icelandic rules for prospective citizens, the applicant must be present in the country in order to lodge a successful application.

As yet, Snowden is still believed to be stranded in the transit area of Moscow’s International Airport.

See original Icelandic news wire story at RUV

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31 Responses to "Iceland Congress puts forward bill to grant Snowden citizenship"

  1. Ljubica Filipovic  July 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    So glad that our modern day Odyssey hero will finally find his home Ithaka.

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  2. Simone Peace  July 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    yeah iceland is pretty cool except that they hunt whales.

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  3. fishman  July 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Go Iceland and show the rest of the world what backbone you have! in the true meaning of free speech and democracy! standing up to us and euro bullys! no one likes to see a man kicked when he is down! for telling the truth!

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  4. Den  July 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    if i was from Iceland id be god damn proud of my countries politicians…however, im not from Iceland and im ashamed those in power in my country have their heads so far up their back sides they dont even know what is happening withSnowden!!

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  5. James Robertson  July 6, 2013 at 2:29 am

    YEA KUDO’s TO YOU ICE LAND, AT LEAST YOU HAVE WISDOM AND FORESIGHT THAT MOST DO NOT HAVE..

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  6. mick  July 6, 2013 at 6:16 am

    TOTAL RESPECT TO ICELAND FOR HAVING BALLS. Your’e my favourite international country

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  7. larus s  July 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    That sounds too good to be true…´cos unfortunately it is…the two ruling parties did not approve of this notion at all after a friendly letter/request from the government of the USA to the Icelandic government. This bill was indeed buried.

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  8. Nancy Jones  July 8, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    Yay Iceland!!! Way to go!!! Main stream media here will not even report Iceland’s successful overthorow of the former corrupt politicians and bankers; and the fact that the new parliment gave the money the corrupt bankers and politicians took back to the people!!! You wont see that on front page headlines or any of the MSM’s newscasts!!! The media lies and omits newsworthy stories. I guess they don’t want Americans getting any ideas if you get my drift…

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