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Anti Corruption Organisation Tells Snowden Not To Give Evidence To Keep His Political Profil High

posted 5 Nov 2013, 13:08 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 5 Nov 2013, 13:09 ]

Anti corruption organisation 'Transparency International' warns Snowden of German politicians losing interest in him once he has given evidence in Moscow while the spying scandal goes further: According to a report by British newspaper The Independent, Berlin's British embassy is equipped with a "secret listening post to eavesdrop on the seat of German power."

BERLIN, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 05, 2013) (REUTERS) -  The anti corruption organisation 'Transparency International' said that Edward Snowden should not give evidence in Moscow to German politicians because they will lose all interest in helping him in his asylum case once he has shared his information.

"Our recommendations would be that he should not give this information in Moscow because there is a risk that they would like to have his information but not give him the possibility to solve his humanitarian problems," said the head of the German wing of the anti corruption organisation 'Transparency International, Edda Mueller, on Tuesday (November 5) in Berlin. "So, there is a risk that after this interviewing in Moscow he will he not interesting anymore for any politicians," she added at a news conference presenting Transparency's latest report: "Whistleblowing in Europe: Legal protections for whistleblowers in the EU."

The German interior ministry proposed on Monday (November 4) to question Snowden in Moscow over the ongoing US spying scandal, according to their spokesman Jens Teschke.

Mueller said the she would recommend Snowden to come forward with the information, but also ask for asylum in Germany at the same time.

Which he should be granted because as 'Transparency International' said "it's a moral obligation for Germany to give this person protection and to thank him for what he has done so far."

But the German government believes that could harm the transatlantic alliance with the US.

Meanwhile, the espionage scandal and its implications for Germany is far from cooling down. The British newspaper The Independent claim in a report published on its website late on Monday (November 4) that Her Majesty's diplomatic representation in Germany "eavesdrops on the seat of German power."

"Documents leaked by the US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden show that GCHQ is, together with the U.S. and other key partners, operating a network of electronic spy posts from diplomatic buildings around the world, which intercept data in host nations," The Independent wrote.

"An American intercept "nest" on top of its embassy in Berlin - less than 150 metres from Britain's own diplomatic mission - is believed to have been shut down last week as the US scrambled to limit the damage from revelations that it listened to mobile phone calls made by Chancellor Angela Merkel."