Icelandic legislator: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul should stand up for NSA leaker; tells Snowden 'it's not safe to come to Iceland'

06/27/2013 01:30 PM

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND – - A member of the Icelandic Parliament told Pure Politics that U.S. Sen. Rand Paul should be paving the way to bring NSA leaker Edward Snowden back to the United States without repercussions.

Birgitta Jonsdottir is a member of Iceland’s Parliament representing the Pirate Party. She is well known for her support of Wikileaks, government transparency and human rights and is working to make Iceland a safe haven for journalists.

In early June Jonsdottir offered her support for Snowden to seek asylum after he revealed himself as the source of top secret documents regarding U.S. government surveillance programs.

Paul told CNN State of the Union that Snowden should avoid certain countries but that if he could make it to Iceland things could swing toward his favor.

“If he goes to an independent third country like Iceland, and if he refuses to talk to any sort of formal government about this, I think there’s a chance that he’ll be seen as an advocate of privacy. If he cozies up to either the Russian government, the Chinese government, or any of these governments that are perceived still as enemies of ours, I think that will be a real problem for him in history,” Paul said.

But Jonsdottir said that Paul should be sticking up for the Bill of Rights rather than offering an opinion on which country should provide asylum.

“I think that Paul should say that Snowden should be free to come home and not be persecuted for blowing the whistle on very serious crimes against one of your most important constitutional articles. So Snowden should not have to be an information refugee,” Jonsdottir said.

While she hasn’t had direct contact with Snowden, she said she was able to pass correspondence to him and warned him of the changing situation for asylum in Iceland.

“I have relayed messages to him and have told him it’s not safe to come to Iceland,” Jonsdottir told Pure Politics. “The people who sort of associate themselves or who are quite closer to the Tea Party perspectives that are in power here in Iceland have decided — they are spineless — which is very depressing, and you know it’s amazing how many spineless people there are and spineless nations…no country wants Snowden now because pressure form the United States, so I say the United States needs to stop the witch hunt on truth tellers.”


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