The US apparently threatened to sever intelligence sharing ties with Germany if they gave assylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden.
In the video RT talks to former MI5 agent, now whistleblower, Annie Machon on the issue.
RT reports: Washington reportedly threatened to stop sharing intelligence with Berlin if it offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, or arranged for him to travel to Germany, according to a report by journalist Glenn Greenwald.
“They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said earlier this week, Greenwald wrote in the Intercept.
The vice chancellor, who is also head of the Social Democratic Party and the country’s economy and energy minister, delivered a speech in Homburg praising the journalists who worked on the Snowden archive.
According to Greenwald (who was present at the event to receive an award) Gabriel said that Snowden was forced to seek refuge in “Vladimir Putin’s autocratic Russia” since no other nation was either willing, or able to protect him from threats of imprisonment by the US government. This caused a member of the audience to interrupt vice chancellor and yell out: “Why don’t you bring him to Germany, then?”
Gabriel replied that Germany would have its hands tied, obliged to extradite Snowden to the US if he were on German soil.
Greenwald said, however, that after the event, Gabriel disclosed that Germany would have been “cut off” from all US intelligence sharing if Berlin welcomed Snowden.
The journalist pressed the vice chancellor on why Germany “could not and would not offer Snowden asylum.” Gabriel owned up that the US government had “aggressively threatened the Germans that if they did so, they would be ‘cut off’ from all intelligence sharing,” the report says.
That would mean that if the threat were carried out, the Americans would “literally allow the German population to remain vulnerable to a brewing attack discovered by the Americans by withholding that information from their government.”