On June 4th, four American whistleblowers, including 2006 Laureate Daniel Ellsberg, and parliamentarians from five political parties, lawyers, civil society representatives and journalists participated in a roundtable discussion in the Swedish Parliament. The discussion focused on the on-going process within the Council of Europe on strengthening the protection for whistleblowers.
The whistleblowers’ visit to Stockholm took place at a ground-breaking moment. President Obama just signed a bill to overhaul the NSA surveillance programme that has been in place since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. However, theUSA Freedom Act is received critically: “It is just one step on the road to regaining our rights. It is a promising beginning and we have Edward Snowden to thank for that,” Ellsberg told the Guardian.
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