|Edward Snowden Quo Vadis?|
Based on documents leaked by National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden, the intelligence agency has targeted the European Union with its spying activities, bugging EU embassies in Washington, D.C., eaves-dropping on conversations held in the Justus Lipsius Building in Brussels, the location of the EU Council of Ministers and the European Council, and hacking into the EU representation’s computer network.
Just imagine what would have happened if the EU or any other nation had planted eaves-dropping equipment in the US Oval Office. Probably world war III ?
These revelations have obviously "strained relations" between the EU and the U.S. as talks of the important Trans-Atlantic trade agreement get underway, but not enough to put them temporarily on hold.
Snowden has requested asylum from 11 European countries, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and the Netherlands. Poland has already denied the request and the others will probably follow suit.
The only glimmer of hope in Europe for Edward Snowden is probably France, which has a long standing reputation of accepting people chased by the CIA, FSB, MSS, and other secret services. One of the famous was Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini, also known in the West as Ayatollah Khomeini, who eventually returned to Iran after the US protégé Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī, the last shah (king) of Iran was overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979.
"It just shows just how powerful the US global empire is", said one European parliamentarian. "Citizens and politicians of the EU should be worried, because it clearly shows a government other than our own is calling the shots right here in Europe. Like it or not, we have become subservient to the US and this must not be allowed to continue".