Iceland Lawmakers Push For Citizenship For Snowden, Gets Icy Reception

Iceland Lawmakers Push For Citizenship For Snowden, Gets Icy Reception

Six lawmakers in Iceland have pushed for Parliament to give the stranded Edward Snowden express or emergency citizenship. The measure comes as Snowden has been grounded somewhere with Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport for almost two weeks now since the U.S has rendered his passport useless. Since then, Snowden has applied for asylum from roughly 20 countries with no luck. The reasons include Snowden having to be on the country’s soil for a request to count, in the country proper, or the country just flat out rejecting the request.

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Ogmundur Jonasson of the liberal Left-Green Party is supporting the attempt and has support from the Brighter Future Party and Pirate Party. The Judicial Affairs Committee gave the idea very little support. During the early days of this story, Snowden mentioned Iceland as a country that shared his values in regards to privacy and having the citizens’ concerns and best interests in mind and said it would be a country he’d seek asylum in.

Other countries that said Snowden would have to go to them are Austria, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Span, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Even if Snowden did manage to get to these countries, there’s no guarantee he would simply be accept, but instead his request would be considered.

Since then, the process of finding safe harbor has become a difficult one, resulting in Snowden sending out as many requests as possible to likely countries. In Iceland’s case, Snowden would have to be on the country’s soil, a distance of over 3000 miles. If Snowden could get express citizenship, that would solve the problem for him. In pitching the idea to Parliament, Ogmundur Jonasson said that the NSA leaker is “being chased and has nowhere to go.”

The idea got little support only getting six members—from minority parties—out of the 63 members of Parliament.


Starting with Kabir News in 2013, James has focused on tech, gaming, and entertainment. When not writing, he enjoys catching up on sci-fi and horror shows and comics. He can be followed on Twitter @MetalSwift.

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