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S: No asylum for whistleblower Snowden

February 13th, 2014 5:05 pm| by Christian W

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not welcome in Denmark, government party Socialdemokraterne (S) confirmed yesterday as former culture minister Uffe Elbæk called for a parliamentary vote to grant Snowden asylum.

While he expects Danish asylum will send the world the right signal, his proposal was met with scepticism by S's foreign relations spokesperson, John Dyrby Paulsen.

"It could also send the wrong signal,” Paulsen told Politiken newspaper. “Many aspects of the case are still unknown to us."

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"Will documents posing a serious risk against national security emerge?" he continued. "We don't know, and that's why this isn't the right time to offer him asylum."

The government shares the same view as opposition parties Venstre (V) and Dansk Folkeparti (DF).

Asylum also rejected last year
Snowden currently resides in Russia where he was granted asylum for a year.

If parliament passes Elbæk's proposal, Denmark will become the first European nation to offer Snowden asylum, but it seems unlikely since a wide range of political parties also shot down his proposal last year.