Truth Frequency Radio
Oct 31, 2013

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BERLIN (Reuters) – A German lawmaker said he met Edward Snowden in Moscow on Thursday and the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor was willing to come to Germany to assist investigations into alleged U.S. surveillance of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Hans-Christian Stroebele, a legislator for the opposition Greens party, told German broadcaster ARD it was clear Snowden “knew a lot” and that he would share details of their surprise meeting including a letter from Snowden addressed to the German government and chief federal prosecutor on Friday.

Stroebele, a well-known maverick in German politics, tweeted a photograph of himself and Snowden and ARD showed images of the two shaking hands in a room before their three-hour meeting.

“He made it clear he knows a lot and that as long as the National Security Agency (NSA) blocks investigations…, he is prepared to come to Germany and give testimony, but the conditions must be discussed,” said Stroebele.

His trip came a day after top American and German security officials met in Washington to try and ease tensions caused by reports that NSA, for which Snowden worked, monitored Merkel’s mobile phone. Germany is a close ally of the United States.

Stroebele, 74, sits on the German parliament’s control committee, which monitors the work of intelligence agencies.

Germany’s parliament will hold a special session on November 18 to discuss the tapping, and the Greens and far-left Left party have demanded a public inquiry calling in witnesses including Snowden. Stroebele told him he could give evidence from Moscow.

Snowden’s revelations about the reach and methods of the NSA, including the monitoring of vast volumes of Internet traffic and phone records, have angered U.S. allies from Germany to Brazil. Admirers call him a human rights champion and critics denounce him as a traitor.