The Members of the European Parliament note that Snowden exposed a "potential threat to civil rights of Americans and people overseas," and that the case underscores "the vital role whistleblowers play in safeguarding fundamental rights."
The letter continues:
Our common goal of building an accountable and transparent society is violated every time we persecute those who put public interest far above their personal well-being and security.
The United States and many nations are engaged in a struggle between the growing surveillance state and precious civil liberties. Edward Snowden boldly stepped forward as a whistleblower to expose the National Security Agency’s vast spying on phone records and online communications.
Explaining his actions, the computer expert, now effectively exiled to Russia and threatened with extradition and prosecution, said: "I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom, and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building."
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