Tuesday 12 December 2017

Eamon Delaney: Irish refuge for whistleblower Snowden? Don't hold your breath

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

SO whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Ireland? There is no chance of that being granted, despite the honourable efforts of Richard Boyd Barrett, even if Snowden has done us all a service by revealing the vast US surveillance of the texts and email of ordinary Europeans.

Another of Snowden's revelations is causing uproar – that the US has been spying on the EU, and even planting bugs in its offices. French President Francois Hollande is very annoyed and the European Parliament's President Martin Schulz said the allegations could endanger the new trade treaty with the US. But our own Jobs Minister Richard Bruton dismissed such a possibility and sounded surprisingly sanguine about the US bugging.

And this is the reality of our relationship with America, and why we won't be letting in Snowden whom the US see as a damaging traitor. We know on what side our bread is buttered. We've just had US President Barack Obama here for a major love-in, and we have a close and most unusual relationship with the US.

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