Members of a Bundestag committee probing NSA surveillance in Germany want to invite Edward Snowden to testify. Bringing the fugitive leaker to Berlin would greatly strain ties with the US, who wants him extradited to face trial.
The UK's mass surveillance program, exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, violates free speech and privacy, the court ruled. However, judges didn't come down as hard on intelligence agencies as some might have hoped.
Vienna has demanded an explanation from Berlin over reports that Germany's BND agency spied on nearly 2,000 targets in Austria between 1999 and 2006. Austrian media said embassies were among the targets.
Germany has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
The decision by Germany's Federal Court of Justice in favor of parliamentary minority rights - specifically in the Edward Snowden whistleblower case - is a good, solid verdict, writes Marcel Fürstenau.
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