Despite the best efforts of Iceland’s Official Pirate Party, the country will not be offering him citizenship. This is due to the fact that the Icelandic parliament refused to hear the proposal and will be taking a break from parliamentary sessions until September. Even when it gets back it is unlikely the current government would get involved. The idea from the previous proposal was that by granting Edward Snowden Icelandic citizenship he would be exempted from extradition and would get permanent asylum.
With this not materialising Edward Snowden can probably safely cross Iceland off his list of potential safe havens.
“It is with great grief I have to announce that Snowden will not be getting any form of shelter in Iceland because the current government doesnt [sic] even have enough spine for the parliament to discuss Snowden’s request,” Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir wrote.
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