Iceland Congress puts forward bill to grant Snowden citizenship

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By Patrick Henningsen

21st Century Wire 

One day before members of the Icelandic Parliament are due to break for summer vacation, leaders of three political parties have submitted a special piece of legislation which would make NSA whistleblower and fugitive, Edward Snowden, a citizen of Iceland.

The issue was raised this morning by MP and former Minister of the Interior  Ögmundur Jónasson, which could be decided before the weekend.

Some are worried that this bill could be delayed by a piece of fisheries legislation which is also up for vote this Friday.

Although the bill is being backed by three parties, Brighter Future, Piran (Pirate Party) and the Green Party, there is still a possibility that the Snowden bill could be stopped by the current ruling coalition of the Conservative and Moderate parties.

Many will speculate that if such a veto does occur, whether or not Iceland’s executive would do so under extenuating pressure from Washington DC, who has already been accused my the international community this week of applying political pressure on France and Portugal to deny the Bolivian Presidential Jet access through their airspace over accusations that Ed Snowden was being smuggled on board – a move which forced Evo Morales to ground his flight in Vienna in order to reassess his route back to South America.

Iceland is also the home of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks, who have recently taken control of the public media relations, as well as setting up intermediary legal channels for Ed Snowden.

According to Icelandic rules for prospective citizens, the applicant must be present in the country in order to lodge a successful application. 

As yet, Snowden is still believed to be stranded in the transit area of Moscow’s International Airport following the cancellation of his US passport by Washington DC.

IMAGE: MP Ögmundur Jónasson raised the Snowden issue this morning in congress.

See Icelandic language news story at RUV

SEE ALSO: Beyond Snowden: US General Cartwright has been indicted for espionage

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  • disqus_wTqAqAvC1e

    Sir Ed Snow’ is citizen of FÆ, which is currently sharing Land with CostaRica.

  • elaineland

    Godt klaret modig Island – håber lovforslaget går igennem.

    Vel gert hugrakkur Island – vona að frumvarpið fer í gegnum.

    Well done brave Iceland – hope the bill passes.

  • Janette Collins

    Way to go Iceland you have my support.

    • Eileen Kuch

      And, I second the motion. Go for it, Iceland!

  • AlexK

    “According to Icelandic rules for prospective citizens, the applicant must be present in the country in order to lodge a successful application.”

    Presumably he could be taken to the Icelandic Embassy if need be, or simply in the diplomatic bag.

    • igorstra

      and he doesnt have to change his surname to become a citizen of Iceland(the law was changed in 1995/96)

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  • Allan Montgomery

    he’ll never be an Iceland citizen, cause America wont let him get there, or get there alive hate to say it but the nations of the world need to unite against America to help snowden

    • Walter Catter

      Wow, why all nations of the world would have to unite against America to help a traitor? that’s the most stupid argument ever

      • barcas

        A traitor? So – if a government makes a move against its people, against EVERYONE in this world and a person exposes that – he is a traitor?

        Then being a traitor is what everyone should be. Poor little guy – you’re the reason why governments can do what they do. Now repeat after me – I AM FREE!

      • Love u Edward

        its against robbery what America was doing, may be still continuous.
        He is a hero not traitor…

      • STEVEN CLAPHAM

        IT is idiots like you that bow down to to your government as though they are there to RULE when you put them there to SERVE!
        When they abuse that power given by the people it is your duty to reveal it to the people, and you call him a traitor?
        IT is you who is a traitor, to your country and it’s people!

      • FlipFlop

        you’re the pathetic fuckhead type that give the intelligent Americans a bad name, and are too busy sucking the state’s dick to even notice you are getting fucked. Please, take advantage of your right to remain silent before some of us increasingly angered Americans with open eyes help make your right a permanent reality.

        Thank you Iceland, I feel there may be more requests for asylum coming in the near future if we cannot reign in our out of control government.

        • Scott3075

          I’m ready for Iceland. Fedup of the socialist Norway where the government will decide on the individual.

        • Walter Catter

          Ok, like a kindergarden boys:
          Let’s explain this.
          You have a Country to protect, you are in danger for your own mistakes or for oher mistakes.
          You know people want to damage you.
          You have no choice, you can’t go to the streets house by house killing arabians, or interrogating people in streets.
          What’s your choice?
          You have other tools to track possible terrorists, using Social Networks, that are ready to use as a national security. tool.
          You have a good service secret to use it, you will choose all that for sure.
          Then,one of your employers that already accept to do the SPY JOB, looking in all private correspondence, decide to quit with information in his hands to an Asian country (to sale information? to give for free? any reason is wrong), then move to Russia what for?. That guy the only thing he want is money or fame, he betrayed his country.
          Why do this guy would accept that job in first instance if he’s a hero as you said?
          I wouldn’t give a response to you people that only know to say offenses without think a bit.

          • Nicolai Martin

            There’s no money in this for him, and he was risking spending the rest of his life in prison, not really worth ‘Money and Fame’ as you say. America has a tendency to deal with whistleblowers far more harshly than actual criminals and killers they may be revealing.

            Perhaps he believed in the system until he say the underbelly and was shocked at what he saw.

            If the actions undertaken by Government intelligence agencies were ‘noble’ there wouldn’t need to be this whole crackdown on whistleblowers. But the truth is, the NSA ex employee Russel Tice has been trying to make people aware of this since 2004. He says that they have been purposefully spying on American citizens, including getting ‘dirt’ on members of congress, and even the president for purposes of blackmail if necessary. The CIA has been involved with drug smuggling and money laundering, etc, and it is a well established fact that it was first created by the ‘Skull and Crossbones’ secret society. FBI has been involved with illegal torture and attempts to cover up all sorts of unlawful activities. If you think these are groups you’d like to entrust with your life feel free, but don’t be surprised when it comes back to bite you in the ass.

          • Walter Catter

            Well done Nicolai, now you know CIA plan and activities.
            Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, you don’t have a point bro.
            Your “hero” Snowden is a traitor.
            He accept the job, he’s not hero, he’s a mercenary. You all people are with him because all of you are mommentum people, Wikileaks is the new wave, all that wikileaks say you will say AMEN!
            Learn to calculate, learn to take your conclusions, learn to investigate just reading WikiLeaks

          • Alex Stojadinovic

            fact mate, USA aint so great anymore, infact its the complete opposite.
            you still talk about terrorism likes it yesterday….next you’ll talk about 9/11, and all this other shit because you want to make a point because your intelligence cant comprehend the real shit thats going on…..terrorism is not a threat anymore, its hyped up bullshit which is created by your own country, america is the fire, and petrol behind the explosion.
            If you read independent sources which isnt CNN, BBC, FOX, NBC, or other major networks you look into you’ll get the bigger picture, and not a one sided view, aimed at making someone look bad, a traitor, a threat, or even a future problem.
            Snowden focused on exploiting the problems that the every day citizen faces, and the stupid games your beloved government plays with your people.
            its a kick in the face, most of you would gladly take an ass fucking by your beloved president rather than sit down and talk to your fucking neighbour because your country pride is more valuable then the problem it faces.

            Snowden is fucking legend for doing something no normal average, brainwashed, misled, stupid american could do, especially when your high up in that chain.

            fair play to the guy, let him live in iceland, this may be the person to help bring something back to this world that was once lost….faith in humanity and a positive impact.

          • http://www.aBIZinaBOX.com Jordan S Zoot

            He should be killed without a trial…slimebag

          • Kirk Myers

            You can tell which posters are getting their news about Snowden from the lamestream media, our new “Ministry of Propaganda.” As Mark Twain once remarked, “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”

            Snowden is a hero for exposing the illegal and unconstitutional spying of the NSA. He should receive the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.” But don’t expect the current tyrant occupying the White House to recognize a patriotic whistleblower who dared to expose a totalitarian surveillance program that the president himself endorses and defends.

          • http://www.aBIZinaBOX.com Jordan S Zoot

            Actually…I read alot and am very well informed…and Snowden is of the ilk of Manning, Assuage, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, Robert Hansson, Aldrich Ames, Adam Ganandan……I would have no qualms about his being the subject of an extrajudicial targeted killing by a drone….he has put our nations security at risk….and is guilty of treason.

          • Walter Catter

            You got it

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            What a douche bag! Wishing cancer on people because they disagree with you?!? Your day is coming…Shameful!

          • Walter Catter

            Go buy a life boy. You transform a debate in a personal fight.

          • Walter Catter

            Right.

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            For someone who deals in private and personal company data and is backing the NSA to invade peoples personal privacy, to have access to their personal info within your business and company, well all i can say to people if you need acertified public accountants and tax advisors company who is willing to divulge your personal information and does not believe in client confidentiality then this is the company for you http://www.abizinabox.com/.

            All you could just call this jack ass who feels the freedoms your country fought for are worth giving up here.

            +1 224-420-9710Work
            +1 866-448-2907Work

            For someone who values your freedom, enjoys his many weapons, i seen the ones you posted, strange you question the government on your right to bare arms but when they want to take away your privacy you are all for it..
            I am guessing by your attitude you would have been one of the people with the rope willing to hang Washington and Franklin for treason.

            Oh i find your facebook even more amusing.
            https://www.facebook.com/jszesq
            How is it even on your own facebook page you can have so many people call you an asshole and wish you dead?
            Seriously, everyone go look at this facebook page, everyone is calling him a idiot with his views on anyone who defends the Constitution.

            Oh and for someone claiming to be educated do you know what treason is?
            You seem to fail on that knowledge, in a free democracy treason is against the people, the government are committing treason in this case.
            How about you stop doing tax returns for 5 mins and learn the fundamentals of how your country is run!

          • Walter Catter

            Pointless, sorry.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            You should apologize, you are pointless. You have lied to everyone here! Saying you are a government employee in the US and pretending to be a citizen of this great nation. You are a liar! Go back to Peru. You do NOT deserve to breath the free air of a great nation like Australia.

          • Walter Catter

            Keep crying boy, go back to your cave.

          • Walter Catter

            Iceland has rejected Snowden. Now Iceland is with USA? is Iceland now a traitor country?

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            No they haven’t, as well as learn to spell, learn about democracy and how a government is run and how about learn to read?
            Look at your ratings on here, the amount of people voting you down.
            Why is that?
            Because your a moron!

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            HooRah!
            A man with a brain! Thank you Steven!

          • Nicolai Martin

            Perhaps you miss the point. Do you think spying on your own citizens, and politicians to blackmail them to your own ends is acceptable practice?

          • Walter Catter

            Don’t want to be exposed? it’s simple, stop using Internet. No one is pushing you to use Internet right?

          • ivan sanchez

            The man gave up his beautiful girlfriend, great job with high salary and entire life and comfort system to do what is right and report criminal activities. Governments tend towards tyranny, founders knew that so they for the first time in history created a government with the bill of rights to prevent it from turning tyrannical. The war on terror is just a means to an end, an excuse to get the tyranny they crave, also for fulfilling their desires for dominance in the middle east not to mention all the money the banks make and weapon manufacturers . Don’t be duped. Muslims aren’t stupid enough to give us an excuse to trash their whole country, every failed terrorist plot has been a set up to scare us into surrendering more liberty for safety. See project for a new american century in which it is stated that the public wouldn’t support a new war in middle east without “some kind of catalyzing event like a new pearl harbor.” This was written before 9/11.

          • libertywins@odummerlooses.com

            Example Two FBI agents fall out of helicopter and another FBI agent shot point blank one of the Boston Bomber friends when they had him for questioning. You are telling it like it is man people in this country just don’t get it when it comes to the corrupt government shithole that has evolved …Wake up before you and research how sinister things are around you….

          • http://neofelismale.blogsite.org/ Neo Felis

            You go into the category most Europeans call stupid American, hahaha :-)

          • Walter Catter

            You don’t have category ;)

          • http://neofelismale.blogsite.org/ Neo Felis

            I am proudly not in the Bend-over-Obama-dick-up-my-ass-worshipper category :-)

          • Walter Catter

            Me neither boy, learn to discuss, then come back. ;)

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            He called you a “boy” HAHAHA! Well Neo, You are better off being a boy than Having Obama stuck in your corn hole like old Walt. Its obvious from popular opinion that he is alone in his ignorant thinking so now who is mature and who is the boy? Neo 8 Walter 0 :)

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            Neo, He is not an American. He is from Peru. But you got the stupid part absolutely correct!

          • libertywins@odummerlooses.com

            In the not so distant past Our internal government spy agencies did not spy on US citizens political matters. Snowden is blowing the whistle that Odummer and czars have allowed the NSA to become the shit finders on anyone that doesn’t follow a certain political party or the narrative from the government paid and bought News media CNN , FOX, NBC, ABC Etc. Snowden saw it and he did the right thing by exposing it . He hasn’t spilled any big secret that most independent thinking and news gathering individual American citizens have already suspected what was going on in our government facilities.

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            Ok, like a kindergarten boy:
            Let’s explain this.

            First learn to spell.

            Second learn grammar and english.

            Thirdly what he did was go against the government, the government put in place by the people.

            The people are the ones who are being betrayed by that government they put in place, therefore the traitors are the government who betrayed its people.

            I am not American but even i know in America they base their freedoms on Declaration of Independence.

            Even Abraham Lincoln said “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

            Seriously KID, if you can not grasp the simplest of protocols in the establishment of a government then kindly go back to school and learn.

            You obviously need it as the garbage you are spewing out above makes no sense.

          • Walter Catter

            Well… English is not my first language boy, I have 4 languages, and you can still get my point.
            You don’t have a point, you just react.
            You don’t have an idea about government.
            You need to calm yourself down, think a bit, then write.
            You don’t want to be exposed to spyes? stop using internet. Use of internet is FREE, you are not paying to someone to use it, you are paying to get it in your place in an easy way.
            Networking is an American militar invention, Government can do whatever they want with it.
            Just have a look the environment, who is supporting Snowden, Europa is not, N America is not, the only supporters are:
            Comunism country list –
            Venezuela
            Cuba
            Nicaragua
            China

            And guess what, Your loved Iceland is not giving asylum.

            Just have a look what a man have made to you, now you became a comunist.

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            LOL kid i’m twice your age.

            And by the looks of things a lot better educated!

            If anything you are showing all the signs of a communist, in your eyes the state /government should rule with a iron fist, anyone who does not agree with them is a traitor to the regime.

            I.E you are the communist only you are too dumb to realise it!

            For the last time i am going to say this in this thread to a moron who just can not grasp logic.
            Parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess.

            They did not accept or reject his request due to more important tasks going on within their country.

            Now if that is too hard to understand or comprehend i suggest you stop acting like the immature child you come across as, go to school, get a education and maybe in 10 years when you grown up a bit, come back and debate it with me.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            Nicaragua is a democratic state. You seriously need to quit talking, you make yourself look more ignorant with each word.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            We actually base our freedom on the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, But you are on the right track Steven and I commend you for speaking up for your American brothers and sisters. I am an American and I would welcome you to our still proud nation. I am actually from the southern US where we once fought to keep the government from over running us. We still have that spirit even though we lost the civil war. Don’t let anyone tell you it was about slavery, it was NOT. It was about freedom from government interference in private affairs. The North had their slaves too.

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            If you click on my name you will see he took the debate to another thread where i did mention Benjamin Franklin who helped create Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, he had some idiot along for the ride but failed to come back with any answer to the debate.
            I’m guessing they were running late for English language and grammar lessons.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            Could you link that thread here? I want to jab at him again…pretenders piss me off!

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM
          • Walter Catter

            Ok, so Stephen found a brother because can’t against me. OK, that’s the comunists way. But, careful Gary, Steven is getting old. Probably at some stage he will stop writing.

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            “Because can’t against me”?????

            Have you been reading any of the posts here retard?
            There are at least 30 of us against you and your idea’s.
            You need to learn how to write, put a sentence together, learn about a subject before you even attempt to argue it.
            I can not say debate it as all you have done is argued and not debated.
            Maybe explains why even your home country of Peru did not want you.

            And as for friends do you really annoy people that much in real life you have no friends?
            Amusing how on your facebook you have no real friends, you only have famous people you follow, that kinda explains your low esteem, the fact you have to follow people you do not know in real life.

          • Walter Catter

            Steven and Gary, to debate with me, you need to learn about democracy, visit, travel then you can come and write something.
            See you guys in future, when Snowden is in jail.

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            Firstly you have not debated anything here or the other post.
            Secondly, you can not spell, or write in English, miss half the words in a sentence out and make no sense to a rational human being.
            I am sure you are retarded in some way, that is the only way Australia would let a moron like you into the country.
            I am sure i have traveled the world and been to more places than you can dream about.
            You have no knowledge of democracy, the fact in all your comments you actually are against democracy.
            I even explained what it is on the other thread to you, again you being too retarded and STUPID to understand or accept which show how arrogant and ignorant you truly are.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            ^This Walter character claims to “work for Obama and the US Gov”…This is a false claim.

            https://www.facebook.com/walter.catter

          • Walter Catter

            Gary, I am sorry for your lost, probably you are loosing the point because of that? Go pray boy, and understand the SARCASM.
            You are a good example why some people needs to live without Internet.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            Sorry for my lost??? Your “sarcasm” is lost in ignorance. Learn the English language and then in ten or twenty years come back and try again.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            The only thing I am losing is respect for you, “BOY”. Pay attention to my grammar and spelling, you will learn something.

          • Walter Catter

            You again boy? keep praying, maybe it can turn alive

          • Paul Morgan

            You really have no clue do you,it’s so sad to hear people like you.People like you walking around blinkered to the reality of what is really going on in the world make me so sad.You need to get your head out of the sand and do some research with an open mind.I used to laugh when muslims called America “The Great Satan”.I don’t laugh anymore let me tell you.

        • Gary Shanon Dillard

          Catter is not American, he is a lying pretender from Lima, Peru who lives in Australia. Everyone here should spread the word about this pathetic animal.

      • http://neofelismale.blogsite.org/ Neo Felis

        Seriously are you that naive, or just playing plain stupid?!?

        • Gary Shanon Dillard

          He isn’t playing, He is just seriously ignorant of any modicum of understanding…and…in serious need of education. Does anyone here have a spell checker or dictionary Walter can borrow? I am having a hard time following his obvious lack of grammar and blatant misspelling.

          • Walter Catter

            Gary, you can say whatever you want, my first language is not english, I have 3 languages. Before call someone ignorant, you need to know who are you talking with. That’s ignorancy.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            You said before that you have 4 languages…which is it, 3 or 4? “Ignorancy” is not a word, and I do in fact know who I am talking to. I am talking to Walter Catter from Peru, who lives in Australia…At least that’s what you list on your Facebook profile. Are these claims lies too? Oh, wait! Did I miss some “sarcasm”, or maybe I am just “loosing” my mind…Walter, “You are the weakest link, good bye”! That is “sarcasm”, write it down.

      • Robyn Moore

        Walter, I am sure that you are an intelligent person, so please be willing to open your mind and think logically about this. Our Government is SPYING on us. Ask yourself, what makes you think that is ok? They have a file on you, and they don’t have to answer to anyone as to how they can use that information and what they can do with it. You might ask, “Well what does it matter if I have nothing to hide?” Well the answer is simple: You value your privacy don’t you? Would you want strangers going through your trash? Journals? I wouldn’t! Not to mention, we are supposed to be protected from this by the 4th Amendment. Doesn’t the idea that the American Government is violating its own Constitution without care bother you even a little? Part of the reason we revolted against England was because of this kind of treatment! The Gov. is supposed to answer to the people, they are not supposed to hold this kind of power over us. Ever. They are not supposed to be able to say “You can’t keep secrets from us, but we can keep them from you.” That is wrong. Plain and simple. Edward Snowden saw this being done, was asked to contribute to it, but decided that instead of being blatantly betrayed and lied to, the American People have the right to know this is being done. It is costing him his life Walter, and he did it for all of us, you included. You should really think about that.

        • Walter Catter

          Thanks for your intelligent reply Robyn.
          I’m unsure if anyone here read Facebook, google, twitter, etc disclaimers.

          Internet is free, and you are at risk when posting any picture, comment or anything on internet, you don’t want to be at risk? just stop using it,
          You have the choice in your hands.
          Snowden accept that job, he knows what a spy is about, he liked the idea.
          Every second you connect to internet with your computer, you are beign spied by bots. What’s the difference beign spied by someone else?
          I don’t have any problem beign spied by CIA if they are interested in me (I don’t believe so) If they post in any website my information THERE is a HUGE problem that I can demand and WIN.
          If the owners/inventors of Internet (American Army) decide to see the ‘LOGS’ of their invention they can do it anytime.
          As I said, you don’t want to be spied, stop using Internet, is not yours.
          Btw, people here says, “ICELAND rocks” because they would give asylum to Snowden.
          Good news for the world, ICELAND is not giving asylum.
          I’m sure now that you all will say “ICELAND sucks”
          That’s human nature, to go against the normal. And that’s because is the actual fashion wave.

          Snowden has transform people using candies. Now almost all of you has become Comunists because only comunist Countries support Snowden:

          Venezuela
          Cuba
          Nicaragua
          China
          Bolivia…

          I would never change my political preference because a person.

        • Gary Shanon Dillard

          Robyn, You can’t expect someone who is not a citizen of the US to understand what this means to us. Walter is from Peru and lives in Australia, so he isn’t even qualified to have an opinion on matters of state in this “OUR” nation. I do like your thoughts and attitude though, as you are spot-on.

      • bunchesoffluff

        you work for gov or obama?

        • Walter Catter

          Yes, both

          • bunchesoffluff

            how much do you get paid?

          • Walter Catter

            Too much numbers for your small mind :)

          • bunchesoffluff

            lame excuse, why dont you watn to tell me? what do you get paid to do?

          • Walter Catter

            You didn’t get the sarcasm did you?

          • STEVEN CLAPHAM

            Do you actually understand what sarcasm is?
            A harsh or bitter derision or irony, a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark.
            Nowhere in any of the comments you just made was there sarcasm.
            Just all bullshit which is a totally different thing.

          • bunchesoffluff

            sarcasm=lieing. why are you scared to answer the questions? what other reason could you have for defending hypocritial gov members and shameing whistleblowers if you wernt being paid to do so?

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            Sorry Bunches, He isn’t even American and he certainly isn’t employed by the US governing body.

          • bunchesoffluff

            you dont have to tell me sorry, its not your fault. i hope he isnt a gov member. what other reason could he have for defending hypocritial gov members and shameing whistleblowers if he wasnt being paid to do so?

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            I wish I could answer that question Bunches, but I have no idea what motive he has, just that it is not his employ or citizenship of this nation.

          • bunchesoffluff

            thanks

        • Gary Shanon Dillard

          Lies….Walter Catter isn’t even an American. He definitely does NOT work for Obama or the Federal government of the United States. Here is proof: https://www.facebook.com/walter.catter

          Ask yourself how idiotic someone would have to be to lie about this while there is a link to his true identity right beside his photo…Baffling

          • Walter Catter

            You are the only one who didn’t notes the sarcasm Gary.

          • Gary Shanon Dillard

            There is no sarcasm in your words by definition, only ignorance. Look at all the statistics man! Your ignorant tirades have all been voted down and your deceit has been uncovered.

          • bunchesoffluff

            if he doesnt work for gov or obama, what possibly could be his incentive to defend phycotic polices if he wasnt being paid to do so?

    • Love u Edward

      Absolutely right :(

    • Gary Shanon Dillard

      People like Walter make good slaves I hear. I choose freedom! Walter bring me grapes and a fan!

      • Cristina Smiley

        HILARIOUS!

      • Walter Catter

        Gary you are my FAN boy #1 , thanks.

        • Paul Morgan

          Walter you are such a tit,shut up talking crap about democracy and freedom,you have neither and you will see in the next few years when martial law is declared in the US.I can see you now,proudly standing at the front of the line ready to be microchipped.

    • Danny Adams

      Maybe the president of Bolivia can distract the U.S. while Snowden gets to Iceland…:)

      • Walter Catter

        ICELAND has declined, now you will say, ICELAND is a bad country.

        • Danny Adams

          No, they’ve still got major karma points for sending mercenaries after the people who triggered their economic meltdown. :)

        • STEVEN CLAPHAM

          parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess,

          Kid you just make yourself look a bigger douche than we gave you credit for.

  • Zeljka Radic Krznaric

    Bravo!

  • Stefan Steib

    Great News ! If Iceland really makes this happen, I promise I will come to Iceland for vacation and spend as many money as I can. (that wouldn´t even be too hard to do…. :-)
    Respect – you got the balls, I already watched your steps to regulate your banking.

    • Scott3075

      Like :-)

  • Melissa Kirst

    Excellent !! Thank you Iceland !!!

  • Daniel Collins

    Thank you Iceland!!! The American people love you!!

    • Walter Catter

      ICELAND rejected Snowden, American people still loving Iceland?

  • adam

    Yay,way cool , up the americans( 1% ). bar stools,far gin iceholes.fekin ejits

  • jolly waterman

    Iceland is a great country for real democracy and freedom . the west should follow the example of Iceland vis a vis the banking systems and the human rights laws . thank you Iceland ,l will come on vacation soon .

    • Walter Catter

      ICELAND rejected Snowden.
      is Iceland still a great country?

      • STEVEN CLAPHAM

        parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess,

  • Jennifer Benkhauser

    Well done Iceland!

  • Peter Elliot B

    what a delightful country

  • Trisha Springstead

    Time to take this country back. Thank you Iceland and you did not cave.

  • wings

    I love Iceland not only because they are showing the way on How to succeed without austerity but also because they have pissed off the IMF and now i love ou so much that you can find a space in that beautiful community spirit for the brave and courageous who speak the truth for our benefit. Honour!

  • STEVEN CLAPHAM

    Iceland, the REAL Home of the brave and Free, with America it’s just empty words

    • Walter Catter

      ICELAND rejected Snowden, is Iceland still the Home of the brave and Free?

      • STEVEN CLAPHAM

        Parliament voted not to debate it before the summer recess.

        Do you actually understand English?
        IT does not mean they rejected him.
        Seriously CHILD you need to grow up a little bit before you rant like a lunatic!

  • monique lallemang

    thank you in advance, Island !

  • paul isemonger

    if Iceland can do this there is hope in the world. I will do everthing in my power to support Iceland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=656355420 Tereza Martins

    Best country in the world. Well, done Iceland you give me hope!

    • Walter Catter

      ICELAND rejected Snowden

      • STEVEN CLAPHAM

        OMG learn to read the news articles, no they have not!

  • tonya

    Go Snowden, hero!!!

  • http://neofelismale.blogsite.org/ Neo Felis

    Kick-ass and respect Iceland :-)

  • libertywins@odummerlooses.com

    Good luck Snowden hope you get to Iceland … Odummer thinks he is your slave master and you do not owe allegiance to that narcissist conceited individual mooslim brother. Maybe you should take Putin up and just be quiet for awhile and let him hide you out in Russia. Iceland is a good Haven it’s a pity Odummer the illegal alien born in Kenya can screw your travel plans.

  • Gary Shanon Dillard

    The United States won its freedom with the help of domestic spies, people like Snowden who went against the tyrants that would enslave them. People like George Washington for instance, went against the government that ruled them unfairly and who exported their tax dollars to outside its domestic spectrum. We need millions of Edward Snowdens and George Washingtons! Our founding fathers were all branded traitors by British government…But they were “OUR” heroes just as Snowden is today.

  • VideoZu Crue

    Here’s a more important concern you should have!
    Do you know who has ALL, ALL your – 

    - banking usernames & passwords

    - credit card usernames & passwords

    - stock portfolio usernames & passwords
…and also has COMPLETE ACCESS to it all?
    Why, your guardian angels at the NSA ,they are keeping records of ALL of your financial information…for safe keeping, of course! I mean, you could turn out to be a threat to their, “Freedom and Morality” so, they want the ability to ruin you in a few keystrokes and digitally fabricate whatever supposed questionable email, transaction, or phone you made…but, they are protecting you…feel safer now?

    So, lets imagine…..that YOU would have the same access to banking account numbers, passwords, credit card numbers, stock and retirement portfolios, of MILLIONS of citizens throughout the country and the World…imagine what you could do with all this FINANCIAL INFORMATION at your finger tips! Available, ANYTIME and no one knows…FOREVER?

    Imagine that no one can track you accessing their financial accounts; ordering with their credit cards; cashing in stocks; all transferred to accounts in cyberspace….nowhere to be found.

    So, we are to believe that this government organization, that denies “listening in to our conversations” but, saves everything you ever said, wrote, transacted, transferred by storing it deep within their super computers…they would never take advantage off ALL your FINANCIAL security ACCESS! They would never access your bank and credit card accounts and skim a few hundred or thousand or order a flat screen there or transfer stock sells to a foreign account….they have morals, right?
    Sure they do….that’s why they do everything in SECRET!

    So remember, every keystroke you do on a computer is stored; every phone call is stored; every transaction is stored….FOREVER accessible at ANYTIME by people you don’t know but, have to TRUST are doing the “The Right Thing”….sure they are….

  • mrjojo

    I don’t know about this Snowden guy yet. If its not a CIA psyop then why did the US media cover it?

  • ter ber

    God bless Iceland. The USA is turning into such a Stasi Police state….we would all love to move there. beholdapalehorse.tv

  • bunchesoffluff

    snowden should be promoted. crooks he exposed shold be criminally prosecuted. give snodem assylum, let him be free, let him live in a country where he can be left alone.
    other coutries have no obligation to, and shouldnt, extradite, exclude, or arrest snoden or anyone, based only because people within us gov wants them to or based on accusations-exspecially in this case what snowden is accused of it legal according to non-hypocritical and consitutional law. tyrants who make up fake “laws” as they go excludeing themself from all the “laws” they try to impose on others-are no more than crooks and all their fake hypocritical “laws” should be disregarded because they are not real laws. snowden is not the us gov’s dog or cattle, and shouldnt be returned to it’s owner because we all have the right to self ownership. this case reminds me of runaway slave-reward. other coutries have no reason to fear a few corrupt rouge gov crooks who make threats that they will punish countries that dont obey by disallowing snowden to live there or anything similar-they probally wont its probally just talk they think their more powerful then they actually are.
    immediatly fire gov workers who want to fire or press charges agianst people for searching and seizeing gov’s property with probable cause of find evidence of gov-crime or gov-misconduct(crime includes gov searching and seizeing non-gov’s property at large w.o resonable suspcion).
    immediatly fire gov workers who(or think its ok for gov to:) search or seizure w/o probable cause of crime
    its impossible to prevent/stop all bad things from happening. HOW could
    hypocritically spying on everyone prevent crime? DETAILS? EXAMPLES?! even if it could, the risk of people being punished for speech is higher than the chance it would prevent crime. gov spying on everyone could be and has been used to murder(might blame it on defense, suicide, make it look like an accident, or frame someone), disappear, abuse, arrest, and punish people for speech ,political and reglious beleifs, and association. gov can more easily get away with and conceal crime.
    if gov thought spying on everyone was good for national security, gov wouldnt have a problem with publisizeing everything about gov and being 100%transparent, w/o non-gov even haveing to ask. it doesnt, becaues it just wants to punish speech.

    plans, plots,and funding “terrorist groups” arnt illegal. freedom of speech. first fire gov workers who plan to commit crimes(exspecially murder)agianst innocent people.
    some corrupt gov workers wrongly lable law-abideing average people terrorists based on speech or political/religious beleifs, because corrupt gov is terrified of law-abideing people that want to expose and stop corruption.

    gov who hypocritically searches and seizies w/o reasonable suspcion is a traitor who betrayed their oath to defend the consitution and supreme laws of the land.
    they’re a tratior for betraying the public lieing to them saying they are there for national security when actualy they breach national secuirty, and only secure gov criminals from being prosecuted.

    gov workers who hypcoritically spy on the public at large w/o reasonable suspcion, are the enemy.
    only criminals would say exposeing/leaking evidence of crimes is aiding the enemy because law-abideing people that try to stop crime are a criminal’s enemy.

    gov is subject to transparency laws that non-gov isnt subject to
    its legal to share (gov info that is legally sapose to be published) with the public
    public sector(gov) is sapose to be the public’s employees and be publicly viewable(w some good-reasoned public approved exseptions)
    non-gov is the private sector-
    meaning non-gov has the right to privacy. everyone is the public.

    corrupt gov says: top secret criminal intel gathering programs and gov’s classified crimes if exposed put national security at risk.(actually its the oposite, …its good for national security to expose top secret criminal intel gathering programs. it puts national security at risk for gov to spy on the whole public- it puts criminals at risk of being caught if their crimes are exposed)
    corrupt gov says: its to keep the country safe.(actually its to keep criminals safe from being legally and rightfully fired and charged)
    corrupt gov says: were takeing phone records and spying on non-gov at the same time punishing anyone who spys on us. its well known were only collecting info w the intent to use it agianst people, and there’s a high chance it will be used to punish people for speech and association-because it happened before(like the irs scandal(punitivly taxed for poltical beleifs), and punishments could get much worse inlcudeing murder torture and imprisionment for diagreeing w gov)-no need to worry its for your saftey, your dum enough to beleive that right?
    the only reason to collect info(speech/words) is to use it(in this case to discriminate agianst people based on it)
    when gov collects unnessicary info-people get punished for their speech and association(irs scandal)
    gov isnt more moral than non-gov.
    snowden should be promoted. crooks he exposed shold be criminally prosecuted.
    immediatly fire gov workers who want to fire or press charges agianst people for searching and seizeing gov’s property with probable cause of find evidence of gov-crime or gov-misconduct(crime includes gov searching and seizeing non-gov’s property at large w.o resonable suspcion).
    immediatly fire gov workers who(or think its ok for gov to:) search or seizure w/o probable cause of crime
    its impossible to prevent/stop all bad things from happening. HOW could
    hypocritically spying on everyone prevent crime? DETAILS? EXAMPLES?! even if it could, the risk of people being punished for speech is higher than the chance it would prevent crime. gov spying on everyone could be and has been used to murder(might blame it on defense, suicide, make it look like an accident, or frame someone), disappear, abuse, arrest, and punish people for speech ,political and reglious beleifs, and association. gov can more easily get away with and conceal crime.
    if gov thought spying on everyone was good for national security, gov wouldnt have a problem with publisizeing everything about gov and being 100%transparent, w/o non-gov even haveing to ask. it doesnt, becaues it just wants to punish speech.

    plans, plots,and funding “terrorist groups” arnt illegal. freedom of speech. first fire gov workers who plan to commit crimes(exspecially murder)agianst innocent people.
    some corrupt gov workers wrongly lable law-abideing average people terrorists based on speech or political/religious beleifs, because corrupt gov is terrified of law-abideing people that want to expose and stop corruption.

    gov who hypocritically searches and seizies w/o reasonable suspcion is a traitor who betrayed their oath to defend the consitution and supreme laws of the land.
    they’re a tratior for betraying the public lieing to them saying they are there for national security when actualy they breach national secuirty, and only secure gov criminals from being prosecuted.

    gov workers who hypcoritically spy on the public at large w/o reasonable suspcion, are the enemy.
    only criminals would say exposeing/leaking evidence of crimes is aiding the enemy because law-abideing people that try to stop crime are a criminal’s enemy.

    gov is subject to transparency laws that non-gov isnt subject to
    its legal to share (gov info that is legally sapose to be published) with the public
    public sector(gov) is sapose to be the public’s employees and be publicly viewable(w some good-reasoned public approved exseptions)
    non-gov is the private sector-
    meaning non-gov has the right to privacy. everyone is the public.

    corrupt gov says: top secret criminal intel gathering programs and gov’s classified crimes if exposed put national security at risk.(actually its the oposite, …its good for national security to expose top secret criminal intel gathering programs. it puts national security at risk for gov to spy on the whole public- it puts criminals at risk of being caught if their crimes are exposed)
    corrupt gov says: its to keep the country safe.(actually its to keep criminals safe from being legally and rightfully fired and charged)
    corrupt gov says: were takeing phone records and spying on non-gov at the same time punishing anyone who spys on us. its well known were only collecting info w the intent to use it agianst people, and there’s a high chance it will be used to punish people for speech and association-because it happened before(like the irs scandal(punitivly taxed for poltical beleifs), and punishments could get much worse inlcudeing murder torture and imprisionment for diagreeing w gov)-no need to worry its for your saftey, your dum enough to beleive that right?
    the only reason to collect info(speech/words) is to use it(in this case to discriminate agianst people based on it)
    when gov collects unnessicary info-people get punished for their speech and association(irs scandal)
    gov isnt more moral than non-gov.

    w/o liberty your not safe. the only point of saftey is to keep your liberty safe and to be safe from haveing your liberty taken away from you. w/o liberty and freedom, whats there to keep safe?nothing.
    when we have the freedom to do what we want with our private property and bodies as long as it doesnt touch or endanger others private property w/o their permisison, our property is safe from being stollen/taxed, controlled, kidnapped, restricted, trapped, physcially abused, or murdered.

    gov’s job isnt to collect unnesicary info or search w/o probable cause
    gov has alot more serious crimes it should be going after(like violent offenders, kidnappers) instead of spying on everyonegov’s job is to protect people’s right to not have their private property searched or seized w/o probable cause.
    see something say something-report gov’s suspcious activity
    whistle blower law-cant legally get in trouble for reporting crime/gov-misconduct
    its gov’s job to report and try to stop crime/gov-misconduct, and protect everyone=under the law=not letting some get away w the same type of misconduct you dont let others get away with, =no spying on everyone while at the same time disallowing everyone to spy on you
    require gov workers report gov-misconduct and gov’s activity that is suspected to be misconduct or else get fired and owe wage refund. (exsept in cases where your likely to be punished if you reported-however you must still do whatever you can to report in a safe way
    allowing criminals to go unpunished puts everyone at risk.
    require gov workers immediatly investigate reports of gov misconduct and take minor complaints seriously
    put gov under 24-7live public video survailence(exsept w detailed good reason presented to the public to keep certian info secret). reasons for gov secrets shouldnt be secret.
    make gov delete all info it illegally collected, and info collected that isnt freely accessble to the public(ex buying info from bussiness’s), w/o at least reasonaoble suspision of a crime.

    w/o liberty your not safe. the only point of saftey is to keep your liberty safe and to be safe from haveing your liberty taken away from you. w/o liberty and freedom, whats there to keep safe?nothing.
    when we have the freedom to do what we want with our private property and bodies as long as it doesnt touch or endanger others private property w/o their permisison, our property is safe from being stollen/taxed, controlled, kidnapped, restricted, trapped, physcially abused, or murdered.

    gov’s job isnt to collect unnesicary info or search w/o probable cause
    gov has alot more serious crimes it should be going after(like violent offenders, kidnappers) instead of spying on everyonegov’s job is to protect people’s right to not have their private property searched or seized w/o probable cause.
    see something say something-report gov’s suspcious activity
    whistle blower law-cant legally get in trouble for reporting crime/gov-misconduct
    its gov’s job to report and try to stop crime/gov-misconduct, and protect everyone=under the law=not letting some get away w the same type of misconduct you dont let others get away with, =no spying on everyone while at the same time disallowing everyone to spy on you
    require gov workers report gov-misconduct and gov’s activity that is suspected to be misconduct or else get fired and owe wage refund. (exsept in cases where your likely to be punished if you reported-however you must still do whatever you can to report in a safe way
    allowing criminals to go unpunished puts everyone at risk.
    require gov workers immediatly investigate reports of gov misconduct and take minor complaints seriously
    put gov under 24-7live public video survailence(exsept w detailed good reason presented to the public to keep certian info secret). reasons for gov secrets shouldnt be secret.
    make gov delete all info it illegally collected, and info collected that isnt freely accessble to the public(ex buying info from bussiness’s), w/o at least reasonaoble suspision of a crime.

  • Greg Lesher

    Good work Iceland, please pass the resolution and send a bunch of private jets to pick him up. And America, wake up before this current regime brings us WW3. If we do not clean the trash out of the white house, and hear Russia and China just stated warning, they are joining forces to stop the aggression by the US using military action (Revelations) we will see a quick end to this nation as we know it.
    Wake up and smell the napalm of the future……

  • bunchesoffluff

    us gov/ us nsa spying on forigners and forign govs too, i know forign govs dont like being spied on. forign govs shouldnt do us gov any favors as long as us gov is spying on them and their country merely for being forigners/non americans. forign govs should be ticked off about this, and should realize that its not right to use tax payer $ to spy on everyone(includeing forigners and all countires and all govs) agianst there will.

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