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Tell Angela Merkel to Grant Edward Snowden Asylum! - SIGN PLEASE !

World  (tags: Edward Snowden, NSA, Germany, chancelor Merkel, asylum, TESTIMONY, DOJ, criminal charges, 'CIVILLIBERTIES! )

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"My government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense," Snowden wrote German officials. "Speaking the truth is not a crime."

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Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:14 pm
RELATED ARTICLE -pls read > Germany 'should offer Edward Snowden asylum after NSA revelations'

Writing in Der Spiegel, more than 50 high-profile Germans add to increasing calls for Berlin to welcome NSA whistleblower

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 12:15 pm do I persinally !

Debbie Williamson (313)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:07 pm
Signed and shared. Thanks, Angelika.

Barbara Palau (1074)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:25 pm
Noted and will sign...

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:26 pm


Signed. (Thanks, Angie.)


Ondine J. (131)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:27 pm
Noted and signed,thanks

Barbara Palau (1074)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:28 pm

Kit B. (276)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:50 pm

Signed and shared. I have no idea how much a petition might mean, this has become as tangled as Clancy novel, but sadly the characters are not fiction. Thanks Angelika.

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:55 pm
since our new grand coalition govt. was formed and announced yesterday, we also had news that they are currently working on(with pressure from the SPD /sociali democrat party) on some contract or deal with the US admin including the demands for a list specificly stating all heads of state who are being evesdropped and spyed on. alledgedly Obama is said to have responded "hel'll think about it" and will get to it early next year.

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:57 pm
Feel free everyone on FB to drop Angela a note there as well ;)

Kit B. (276)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 1:58 pm

Already have posted this on Facebook, in fact it seems that every thing I do on Care2 shows up on FB anyway.

Kit B. (276)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:00 pm

Ummm....the petition is out there but I do not see a way to enter it to her timeline, she seems to have it blocked.

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:01 pm
Kit, once you allowed that by (perhaps in error?) clicking the button for FB share to submit a comment here, everything will go there.

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:04 pm
I practically do not use my FB account-just occasionally share some imprtant petitions and immediately log out again, wouldn't know Kit. They changed so much there since I first joined I'd have issues operating it anyway..
Think you just need to click the "comment" link to enter something.-?

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:12 pm
It worked for me-just told her what she needs to do. but i did not see that petition.

AniMae C. (497)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:30 pm
12,273 signatures of 15,000

Roxy H. (346)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:44 pm
Thanks Angel :)

Roxy H. (346)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:47 pm
As for Kitty.. her gang follows her from face book, then FLOODS my tweetys with weird strange cartoons! Believe it! NOW i Know who to blame mhm! soooo the next time i find a naked Santa on my tweety! Its coming to her! BEWARE OF THE BLUE WOLF...beware

Roxy H. (346)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 2:50 pm
Ugh there was one with a santa looking for coal up a pole, with elves hanging on below him... the HORRORS! ... and then a pile of snow with a shovel in it.. said FREE SNOW MAN.. (some assembly required)... KITTY FRIENDS!... beware...of..

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:01 pm
..dont fear but ENJOY this one >  
Santa should Be the Only One with Unlimited Spying Powers

Angelika R. (145)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:03 pm
let's see those tweets Roxy! :-)

Sue H. (6)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 3:42 pm
Noted and signed, thanks.

jess b (25)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 4:20 pm
signed ty

Natasha very busy (708)
Saturday December 14, 2013, 6:02 pm
He's welcomed in Canada too--signed-thx Angelika

Kerstin Strobl (441)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 12:44 am
already done

Ben Oscarsito (312)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 4:25 am

Frances Darcy (217)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 1:59 pm

JL A. (286)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 4:46 pm

Dandelion G. (385)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 8:22 pm
Maybe once the Countries of the world realize how much personal spying was done on them he might be most welcomed anywhere in the world but in the USA.

Raman V. (47)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 8:45 pm
signed. thanks

Angelika R. (145)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 8:50 pm
You have probably heard the latest news that allegedly the NSA has offered him amnesty IF he in returns his material taken from them. Rumors, that are already disputed and DOS has denied this deal. (also more here

Jerry B. (126)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:14 pm
Noted and Signed..thanks Angelika!

Marie W. (66)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 9:22 pm

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 11:05 pm
You do realize this would create a diplomatic nightmare for Germany as it requires breaking the extradition treaty between Germany and the USA. Plus. he is being charged with a crime, not for political reason. It seems that if Snowden has testify in Russia then you will most likely have the information you want, and he doesn't get his favorite tortilla chips.

Angelene B. (148)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 11:20 pm

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday December 15, 2013, 11:40 pm
noted and signed

Ros G. (73)
Monday December 16, 2013, 12:25 am
Thanks Angelika..signed with pleasure along with others earlier.......John S..the US has been caught with it's pants undiplomatic is that?

Bridget Robertson (106)
Monday December 16, 2013, 1:40 am
Noted and signed.

. (0)
Monday December 16, 2013, 7:08 am
#17.554 signed shared on FB and noted - thank you Angelika

Angelika R. (145)
Monday December 16, 2013, 7:24 am
friends, we will NOT change the often strange views that our friend John S. has on many topics and issues....likewise we will not change Boehner's either ;-)

Robert O. (12)
Monday December 16, 2013, 7:56 am
Have definitely signed. Thanks Angelika.

Angelika R. (145)
Monday December 16, 2013, 8:12 am
Feel free everyone on FB to drop Angela a note there as well>

Angelika R. (145)
Monday December 16, 2013, 8:14 am
She just needs to STOP being a puppet-on-string to the US !!! They cannot just sack Europe nor dictate us !

Ros G. (73)
Monday December 16, 2013, 1:16 pm
Thanks Angelika, I know but at least John S "Clicks to Donate Daily" can't see the Boehner's doing that.

Henriette Matthijssen (146)
Monday December 16, 2013, 8:20 pm
I signed, Thanks Angie!

Angelika R. (145)
Monday December 16, 2013, 9:00 pm
LOL Ros, very true-guess the Boehner has someone clicking daily to donate to them!

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 5:48 am
Noted and signed. Thanks Angie

Angelika R. (145)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 10:28 am
Again, thx to everyone who signed. But, as you've all followed the news and the latest being his open letter to Brasil, i guess this pettion is not very relevant any longer. Yet a shame our govt. did not approve right away! :-//

Angelika R. (145)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 2:40 pm

Laetitia schartner (171)
Tuesday December 17, 2013, 2:44 pm
signed and noted, thanks Angie

kate K. (487)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 5:57 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 6:51 am
Really? From Spiegel online at:

"By seeking to question Snowden, the German government is also buying time for itself in the asylum debate because bringing the whistleblower to Germany to testify would be a horror scenario for the current government as well as the future one. Already tense relations with Washington have fallen to a low point in the wake of revelations the NSA spied on Merkel. And government sources have warned that those calling for asylum for Snowden are opening up a hornet's nest for German foreign policy.

There are also prickly domestic considerations. The United States issued an arrest warrant in early July against Snowden that could ultimately result in his extradition from Germany. The situation could quickly grow far more complicated if Snowden were to enter the country."

Or would you prefer the Telegraph at

Perhaps there is a reason 21 countries rejected the idea and only 1 accepted his request? And might I remind you of what the original rejection was for? "Germany can take in "someone suffering political persecution but not someone sought on criminal charges," he told Bayerischer Rundfunk radio on Tuesday. "(Snowden) is not wanted because he is a member of a political opposition in the US or for racist or religious reasons but because the US accuses him of breaking the law." [, July 22nd]

But best of luck in your actions.

Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:08 am
John S- it is not of major relevance to hint to old articles/opinion pieces from summer, especially not now after even that court rule stated the unconstitutional nature of NSA's activities. Less so now with his new application to Brasil. As for your and many others' assessment that he is NOT persecuted for political reasons fortunatey the wider world community knows better! and all are just SICK of the so called US justice system being totally screwed and bent at will.

Angelika R. (145)
Wednesday December 18, 2013, 7:10 am
oh, and yes, we all also know the reason for those 21 rejections-lol- no secret.

Ros G. (73)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 2:40 am
Just when it was all getting translate button doesn't work for.."Spiegel" and the Telegraph is that owned by Rupert our "Daily Telegraph" here in Australia...Rupert's got his own problems at the hacking trial, his most revered mother died, current wife accused of being Chinese spy. Who's looking for asylum where?? Maybe they can both find a safe haven....

Angelika R. (145)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:07 am
Ros- firstly, I don't even kn ow about any 'translate button'-what am I missing here? lol-and sure, we know about Rupert's other troubles..and NO-our media is NOT owned by him-thanks goodness! :-)
Much suspense and interest now going on after that panel's assessment on things-anticipating just what the pres will decide and say in Jan about all of this...if he opposes THEIR view it would mean major disaster for him!

Angelika R. (145)
Thursday December 19, 2013, 8:09 am
RosI want to stress that Spiegel online does have an English version !-I did not check out the links John S threw in as I already read all of that earlier-it is outdated!

Ros G. (73)
Friday December 20, 2013, 2:44 am
Thanks was John's link to "Spiegel" I did use and I tried to read it,
after I realized there was not an option for me to translate it into English...just so frustrating for me personally...German is the language I grew up is my native tongue, we spoke everyday...but I was never taught/allowed to read or write it because it was frowned upon here. I know that Rupert doesn't own any media outside UK, USA and Australia (his home country)..and I don't think he has made any inroads into China yet. Australia is the only Country I know but I was born in Germany, and even though I have been granted Australian Citizenship (in my own right now) our Government still considers me as a Dual-National..if Germany goes to war with it Allies...I can still be's a fickled world. Thank you for telling me about Spiegel on-line..I can remember as a child the excitement my parents felt when a 6 month old version was sent to was like Gold...they would read..nod, shake their heads, and laugh...a real treasure for them..the news did not matter...but the words meant everything..I'm cheating now..this was a message sent to me: Wir möchten euch auf diesem Wege ganz herzliche Grüße senden, verbunden mit den Wünschen auf ein Frohes Weihnachtsfest und einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr. Für das Jahr 2014 wünschen wir euch gute Gesundheit, guten Erfolg mit eurer Arbeit und immer viel Glück. and I wish you the same.

Dimitris Dallis (59)
Friday December 20, 2013, 2:57 am
I told her on the phone, but I couldn't understand very well...she was murmuring something for the naughty greeks...

Ros G. (73)
Friday December 20, 2013, 3:56 am
PS. Angelika..not just interned...but deported as well...

Ros G. (73)
Friday December 20, 2013, 3:58 am are a treasure...

Ros G. (73)
Friday December 20, 2013, 4:35 am
And to push the point even further...what would the German Government do now?..because I have a strong Polish/Russian heritage!

Angelika R. (145)
Friday December 20, 2013, 7:38 am
WOW Ros-that was a ton of very interestng info there, thx so much! As for our govts reaction-we'll have to wait and see. merkel herself is quite inactive, silent, reserved about the issue, too much puppet-on-string to US. but our new cabinet and opposition parties will not take it lightly and have taken steps for more investigation and demanding responses and changes from US authorities, they've already formed some committees.
The asylum thing is off the table currently-so let's wait further developments.
As for Takis(Dimitris-may i call you Takis?) -yeah LOL- LOVE HIS COMMENT-if he really did that ;)

Angelika R. (145)
Friday December 20, 2013, 7:40 am
Ros-oh I forgot: Thx for those German Xmas wishes, I'll send out mine later to my list, which doesn't include you-so if this is my last and only chance-here's wishing you a very happy season and Christmas as well!
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