Senate Moves for Sanctions on Nations ‘Helping’ Snowden | Common Dreams

Posted: July 28, 2013 in Surveillance
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Senate Moves for Sanctions on Nations ‘Helping’ Snowden | Common Dreams.

– Sarah Lazare, staff writer

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Thursday to slam sanctions on any country aiding NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, marking a serious escalation in a global manhunt which has stoked almost as much international outrage as the US spying scandal itself.

The 30-member Senate panel reached complete consensus on the measure—brought forward by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)—which will be tacked onto a spending bill that still has several steps to go through before becoming law.

The bill would require the State Department to work with Congress to develop a plan for imposing sanctions against countries that help Snowden escape extradition to the US.

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