Noam Chomsky on US Presence in Europe and Edward Snowden

There are, I think, by now four Latin American countries that offer Asylum to Snowden, not one European country – in fact they won’t even let him cross their borders. Why? Because the master in Washington tells them “we don’t want him to”.

Noam Chomsky

In this interview with MIT professor, anarchist, philosopher and renowned linguist, Noam Chomsky, we discuss US military presence in Europe and the case of Edward Snowden.

  • Why are circa 44,660 US troops and 170 military installations stationed in Germany?
  • What historical decisions are tied to US military presence in Europe & Germany ?
  • Why doesn’t Germany grant Edward Snowden the right to asylum?

All of these questions and more are addressed in this video:

To read the full transcript-text of this video, click here.


Notable excerpt from the video:

Noam Chomsky on Europe’s reactions towards Edward Snowden:

There are, I think, by now four Latin American countries that offer Asylum to Snowden, not one European country – in fact they won’t even let him cross their borders. Why? Because the master in Washington tells them “we don’t want him to”. And Snowden, it’s important to recall, performed an enormous service, a patriotic service in fact, to the people of the United States and the world. He revealed to the population, what your government is doing to you. That’s just what he should have done. That’s the responsibility of a decent citizen. The idea that you should be punished for this is really grotesque, and that Europe participates in it is even worse. Same is true for Assange.


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