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Poll: Should Ireland grant asylum to Edward Snowden?

NSA whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in 20 countries. Should Ireland grant it?

A Chinese legislator holds a photograph of Barack Obama and Edward Snowden at a news conference in Hong Kong
A Chinese legislator holds a photograph of Barack Obama and Edward Snowden at a news conference in Hong Kong
Image: Kin Cheung/AP/Press Association Images

NSA WHISTLEBLOWER AND fugitive Edward Snowden has submitted an asylum request to 20 countries – including Ireland – in a bid to avoid prosecution in the United States for leaking classified information.

Documents submitted last night by Wikileaks’ legal advisor outlined the risks of persecution Snowden believes he faces in the US because he revealed details of secret American surveillance programmes. Snowden has accused US president Barack Obama of pressuring the leaders of countries from which he has sought protection.

However his chances of being accepted are low: Ireland is an ally of the United States, and rejects more asylum seekers than most other EU countries.

So today we’re asking: Should Ireland grant asylum to Edward Snowden?


Poll Results:

No (3925)
Yes (3559)
I'm not sure (2548)



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