July 4, 2013 4:24 pm

Majority of Icelandic parliament not in favour of granting Snowden citizenship

FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, a banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district. Snowden has talked of seeking asylum in Iceland.

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LONDON – Some Icelandic lawmakers have introduced a proposal in Parliament to grant citizenship to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, who admits to revealing key details of U.S. surveillance activities.

But the idea has received minimal support.

Snowden is believed to be stuck in a Moscow airport transit area, seeking asylum from more than a dozen countries. But to apply for asylum in Iceland, Snowden would have to reach the nation’s soil.

Granting Snowden citizenship would circumvent that issue.

However, the bill to grant Snowden citizenship received limited support Thursday. Six members of minority parties were in favour out of Parliament’s 63 members.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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